Excited to Become a Slave?

Jesus knew He would suffer. He did not think of the day as His doomsday. He anticipated the Passover meal with joy. He knew the next time they ate together would be in the kingdom of God.

Luke 22:15, 16, “…You’ve no idea how much I’ve looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you before I enter my time of suffering. (16) It’s the last one I’ll eat until we all eat it together in the kingdom of God.” The Message

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Luke 22:22, “It’s true that the Son of Man is going down a path already marked out – no surprises there. But for the one who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man, this is doomsday.” The Message

Jesus set aside his royalty and became a servant. No, a slave! The lowest of slaves – performing a task reserved for a foreign slave.

John 13:3-5, “Jesus knew that the Father had put Him in complete charge of everything, that He came from God and was on His way back to God. (4) So He got up from the supper table, set aside His robe, and put on an apron. (5) Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with His apron.” The Message

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“There was no precedent for a footwashing at the Passover ritual. Indeed, even a Jewish slave could not be required to wash his master’s feet: such an act was only required of a non-Jewish slave! This abject deed demonstrates the sacrificial humility and love of Jesus, which is subsequently interpreted by the new commandment (John 13:31-35). The washing of the disciples’ feet is a demonstration of the love that Jesus’ disciples are to have for one another.” Chronological Study Bible Notes

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Luke 22:26, “…Let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of a servant.” The Message

Jesus even used a humble servant to show them where they would share the Passover. Men didn’t carry water, women did. A man carrying a water jug was an unusual sight.

Luke 22:10, “He said, ‘Keep your eyes open as you enter the city. A man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him….’ ” The Message

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Galatians 5:13, 14, “…use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself.” The Message

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