When I was growing up the one job that no one wanted to do was scoop dog poop. It was the worst job. Especially in the Spring when all those ‘packages’ made the backyard look like a chocolate chip cookie. A contest would be held; rock, paper, scissors, or we’d ‘Wang Ho’, to see who had to do the nastiest of jobs. The loser skulked without joy to the backyard, plastic bag and trowel in hand.
That’s the way it works in our world. Losers scrub the toilets and winners sit in their offices with their leather-shoed feet up on their oak desks.
That was the way of the world until Jesus showed up, and, for the first time a winner (The Winner) reversed the trend and the worst job became a way to express deepest love.
Sermon Study Questions: John 13
- Describe a time when someone served you in a way that left you feeling valued and wanted.
- How does it make sense that “Jesus knew God had put everything under his power” and then he washes feet? Do those two things even connect?
- If you have any sense of having had your feet ‘washed by Jesus’ describe that to the group.
- Whose feet would you find difficult to wash these days?
- What do you think of for St. Paul’s when you read verse 35?