What Jesus Did! 'Do as I Have Done to You!' — John 13:12-15

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Jesus finished washing their feet. Then he put on his clothes and went back to the table. Jesus asked, "Do you understand what I did for you? You call me 'Teacher.' And you call me 'Lord.' And this is right, because that is what I am. I am your Lord and Teacher. But I washed your feet {like a servant}. So you also should wash each other's feet. I did this as an example for you. So you should do {for each other} like I did for you."
— John 13:12-15 NLT
Illustration of John 13:12-15 NLT — "Do you understand what I did for you?"

Key Thought

Jesus didn't just teach with words. His life was a conscious example lived before his disciples and recorded in the Gospels for us. Jesus' life teaches us two crucial truths: 1) how God would live as a human and 2) how we should live as humans. Our challenge is not just to know the words and deeds of Jesus' life. We need to understand those words and deeds as something from God as he lived among us and then to incorporate those words and deeds into our own lives. Jesus' life calls us to follow in his steps!

Today's Prayer

Father, I thank you for the many truths that Jesus taught and the many deeds that he performed. Help me move, dear Father, from knowledge and admiration to obedience and emulation. Have your Son's character and compassion come alive in me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Peter 1:21-25
  • Colossians 1:26-29
  • 2 Corinthians 3:17-18


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.