April 14: Jesus’ Strength

Read John 13: 1-20, John 17

Jesus used every last ounce of His strength to love.

The fruit He produced with muscle, sinew, flesh, and bone served His beloved disciples and purchased life eternal for all who would receive it.

He poured Himself out, just as the water poured from the pitcher into the basin. He humbled Himself, just as that simple water performed the humble task of washing dirt away.

Our King, He knelt like a beggar. Used His fingers to remove the grime and dust. He served them like no one else was willing to. Later, He would pray, “As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate Myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

How do we use our fingers? How do we use our muscles and flesh? How often are we willing to be poured out for those we know are dirty?

O Lord Jesus, you used your strength to serve. You could have conquered kingdoms. You could have ordered others to serve You. Yet, you came to wash our feet, to free us from clinging grime, to purchase forgiveness for our damning sin.

Lord, help us to use our strength in service to You. Amen.

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