Apparently, Some of Us Didn't Get the Memo

I'm going to start by saying I am getting tired of many professing Christians on the Internet. I'm getting ready to confiscate e-mail accounts, Jesus T-Shirts, and window clings, because the way in which we treat one another at times, especially during political movements, is atrocious. Far too many people weaponize the Bible against one another, publicly. There IS such thing as church discipline, and yes, as a last resort, "letting people be as tax collectors and gentiles" (Jesus said, not me), but we're publicly trashing one another, and using the scriptures (wrongly) do so. I'm offended by this! Christians, is it a wonder the world outside doesn't want to come in? Is it a wonder that people can't see Jesus clearly? Is it a wonder the enemy grins as, daily, churches across the country close their doors because they were so inwardly focused and not focused on fulfilling the Royal Law? We are so focused on being right, that we forget that Jesus said the mark of a true believer is this: " 35By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Church, it's time to stop worshipping government, traditions, and the way "Church should be," and get in to the word of God, and living it out. Let us love one another with brotherly affection, and let us get back to the business of conforming in to the image of Christ. John 13

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Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet


1Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet,a but is completely clean. And youb are clean, but not every one of you.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”


12When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16Truly, truly, I say to you, a servantc is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. 18I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled,d ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”


One of You Will Betray Me

21After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. 23One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side,e 24so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesusf of whom he was speaking. 25So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” 26Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” 28Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.


A New Commandment

31When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

36Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” 37Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.


Footnotes: a 10 Some manuscripts omit except for his feet b 10 The Greek words for you in this verse are plural c 16 Or bondservant, or slave (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see >Preface) d 18 Greek But in order that the Scripture may be fulfilled e 23 Greek in the bosom of Jesus f 24 Greek lacks Jesus


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