12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.
23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him.
Did you know that John had never mentioned that he was the disciple Jesus loved before the washing of the disciples’ feet?
It was this pivotal moment of his life that John really discovered that the God of Israel was not just holy but is love.
Those words he wrote “God is love” stem from this moment.
Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
1 Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.
“He now showed them the full extent of his love”.
What made John abandoned the old covenant theology of an angry God and adopt a new covenant relationship of a loving God?
4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
It was the Father revealing his heart. The Son revealing his mission. The Spirit revealing his joy.
He has done this so that the Godhead would be “part of us”.
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
It was the goal of Jesus mission. That God would be part with us.
This is the moment John found out who he is. He is no longer the son of thunder.
He realized true greatness comes not from sitting on the left or the right of Jesus. It comes from being loved by him.
At that moment, the young angry man became the disciple that Jesus loved.
From that moment that, became his identity.
Friends, we do not come closer to Jesus by focusing on the sins we have yet to confessed. We come closer to Jesus by realizing that He loves us greatly.
It is in his love we find out who we are. Not sinners without hope but disciples whom he loves.
May this speak to some one who desperately need to hear it.