Author: Sallie Ross

I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.

Psalm 116:13

There is no verse in scripture more revealing to me than the verse that accompanies this day before the crucifixion of our Lord. It is found in John 13: “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet.”

On this eve of His crucifixion, Jesus–the greatest of all–washed the feet of His disciples, a service done by servants not Kings. How could He? He could make this offering to His disciples because He knew where He had come from and He knew where He was going. So do we. . .

To be certain of these things is to be set free, especially set free to serve. We don’t have to worry about what others think, how they will respond, or anything for that matter. We belong to God; we have come from God—and we will be returning to Him. Therefore all of the promises that we read in scripture are for us. What especially comes to mind in light of this is 2Peter 1:3-5 : “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness” Everything!

Jesus lifted the cup and said: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” Luke 22:20 We are the “you”; we are the recipients of life from the death of our Lord. May we humbly hold that treasure as we walk in these days.

–Lord Jesus, You poured out for me that I might pour out for others. Give me your grace to hold onto the knowledge that I have come from God and will be returning to Him, that I might wash the feet, the hearts, of those you so graciously and purposefully put on my path.