Holy Week (15 April 2019)

Morning Encounter:


This week is Holy Week – a time to remember and reflect on the events that led Jesus to the cross and to his resurrection. Easter is Christianity’s oldest celebration – every year since the resurrection we have remembered that Easter is the time when death was conquered, sin defeated and nothing would ever be the same!


Jesus knew that he had come from God and would go back to God. He also knew that the Father had given him complete power. So during the meal Jesus got up, removed his outer garment, and wrapped a towel around his waist. He put some water into a large bowl. Then he began washing his disciples' feet and drying them with the towel he was wearing. 

(John 13.3-5)


Foot washing was usually carried out by a servant. You can imagine the awkward silence of the disciples as Jesus, the Son of God, picks up the towel, pours the water and proceeds to wash and dry each pair of dirty feet. Jesus knows full well who he is, he knows the events to come and that these last hours will be unbearably hard. By washing his disciples' feet, he is giving them a vivid symbol to explain his death and how he wants them- and us- to live in response.


Who can you find to serve today? What simple act of kindness or service can you offer to others?

Midday Meditation:

‘Then Jesus took a towel and a basin and redefined greatness.’ 

(Richard J Foster Celebration of Discipline)

Evening Reflection:

Lord Jesus, servant and saviour of the world, help us to redefine our understanding of greatness in the light of the cross. Through being loved by you, may we learn to love and serve others. Amen


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