Sunday, June 25, 2006

Jesus knowing

John 13:1-5: "Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded."

Jesus knowing
The Present "the Father had given all things into his hands" Judas' betrayal, the trial, conviction and crucifixion were all part of God's definite purpose

The Past "that he was come from God" sent by the Father

The Future "that he went to God" Heb. 12:2


Anonymous said...

This passage is one of the dearest passages to me. Because Jesus knew where he came from, and where he was going, and was so aware of the realities around him, he was able to make himself a servant and do such a humble task as washing the feet of his disciples. Such power and knowledge used in such humble ways. May we who, by God's grace, know "where we are going" grow into such humilty. "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Phi 2:5-8)

amity said...

Yes, this is really beautiful and I had never noticed all this being in there before, so thank you both for pointing it out.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, we sometimes forget that humans are writing the very words of scripture, even though inspired by the Spirit of God. The very words here suggest Jesus is just now coming into this knowledge. We actually see the absolute humanity of Jesus, and His coming into subjection to the Fathers' will.

Did Jesus so subkect Himself that this is a first knowledge to Him?



amity said...

At first it seemed odd to me for Jesus' knowing to be connected with the washing of the disciples' feet rather than with the bread and the wine. But the implication is clear that if we also believe that our lives are part of God's definite purpose, that we come from the Father, and that we go to God, that we ought to do likewise and wash one another's feet. As though the author knew that this would be the most difficult part of the ordinance for people to comply with, a real challenge to faith.