Classic Christianity

Jesus, in John’s gospel, is displayed in a unique way. The Spirit’s guiding of John’s pen and bringing to remembrance the things that Jesus taught (Jn. 14:26) depicts Jesus’ masterful arrangement of events. Like a seasoned wedding coordinator, our Lord moved the pieces of His followers’ lives in such a way to manifest His teaching by the unfolding of events. His control of the situation was absolute yet invisible. After His death and resurrection, His Spirit displays His method.

One of the (many) ways that Jesus used His own actions and circumstances to teach us is seen in John 13. At the beginning of the chapter our Lord remarkably washes His disciples’ feet and John prefaces this event by saying, “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were…

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