“Do you understand what I have done to you?”

It seems like a pretty simple question.  And if we read it in the context of when it was said, the answer may seem obvious (or not).  However, just like Jesus desciples, I think it is a hard question to answer yes to.  Particularly if answering yes is more than just the words, if it’s actually action to back it up to.

John 13: 3-12

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper.  He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.  Then 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.  He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?”  Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.”  Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.”  Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”  Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”  Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean.  And you are clean, but not every one of you.”  For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”  When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garment and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done for you?

Here are some questions I wrote for myself after pondering this for a time:

Well, do I?

If I did why would I still worry about the things I worry about?

If I did why would I still care about some of the things I care about?

If I did why don’t I care about some things I should care about?

Do I live like I understand it?


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