The devotional I read this morning was named So. It was about how Jesus had all the power in the world and, yet, how he exerts his power is different from how we expect someone to wield power. “Right before he was betrayed and arrested, right before he was beaten and ridiculed, right before he had nails driven into his hands and feet, Jesus did something you wouldn’t expect from the most powerful being on earth.” He served.
“Jesus knew that the Father had given everything into His hands, that He had come from God, and that He was going back to God. So He got up from supper, laid aside His robe, took a towel, and tied it around Himself. Next, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel tied around Him.” John 13:3-5
What prompted the “so” actions from Jesus that we see in the verses above?
He knew the Father and He knew the truth. He had a firm grip on both. He knew all the glory, honor and praise belonged to his Father. He knew where he had come from and he knew where he was returning to. He knew the whole story. So, in light of that knowledge and that truth, Jesus continues (even on the night before the cross and horrific pain) to do what he had been sent by the Father to do. Serve.
“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many.”Matthew 20:28
After reading this, I opened my Bible to the Book of John. I’ve been reading through it again this month and was going to pick up where I left off yesterday at John 3:22 when my eyes caught sight of a word in verse 21 and I read that verse again instead.
“But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.” (v 21)
This is the consequence of knowing and living by the truth.
It directs us to the light.
And in that light, we are given a firm grip on where we came from and where we are going. And in that light, we know that all the power, honor, and glory belongs to Him alone. (Rev 4:11)
So, in light of that knowledge and truth we are invited to follow the example of the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Because He’s the light that leads us to the Father. (John 14:6)