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Overwhelmed? Jesus Can Relate

Today's Scripture:

Jesus Washes The Feet Of His Friends, John 13:1-17

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?"  Jesus answered, "You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand." Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no share with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you." For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, "Not all of you are clean."

Today's Thought:

Ask a teacher, and they will tell you most students thrive under clear instruction. When a teacher models how to do it first, students are far more likely to understand even the most difficult subject. They will then likely be more successful when they get home and have to do it themselves. 

Jesus, being a teacher, knew this. And right up to His death, He was giving His followers an example they could follow. When life gets hard, and we don’t know what to do next, we can look to what Jesus did in the hours leading to His arrest.  The night before Jesus died, He asked, "Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine" (Luke 22:42). Jesus knows hard. When we endure tough situations, we can look to Him and emulate His actions.  

Today's Reflection:

  • What's one hard thing you're facing this week? Take some time right now to talk to God about it. 

  • Is there an area of your life where you feel isolated? If so, who can you reach out to today to start building a community?  

  • What does it look like for you to trust God's plan for your life?


At Anchor Church, we exist to love and lead one another with the hope of Jesus. We hope this devotional is an encouragement and an inspiration.

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