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READ : John 13:1-20

Knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands. (v. 3)

By him all things were created, in heaven and on earth . . . all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. . . . In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things (Col. 1:16-17, 19-20, emphasis added).

All things. That’s a lot of stuff. Jesus is responsible for more things than anyone else in the world will ever be. And yet it’s precisely because all things have been given to him that Jesus is able to let it all go and stoop to servanthood, to kneel at his disciples’ feet and wash the dirt from their soles. Jesus knows who he is: he is the one who has come from God and is going to God (John 13:3). If anyone is secure in himself, it’s Jesus. If anyone is comfortable in his own skin, it’s Jesus. Knowing his responsibility and his identity, Jesus decides his privilege is not worth exploiting and chooses instead to empty himself, taking the form of a slave (Phil. 2:6-7).

There’s a freedom in this. Rather than grasping, grasping, grasping, rather than anxiously hoarding all things, Jesus is free to give of himself, free to play a role not usually associated with power and kingship, free to kneel before his disciples, free to offer back to God what God has given him.


Christ, though all things belong to you, thank you for taking the form of a slave for us.