Imitating Christ

When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.  (John 13:12-17)

“If we wish to share in Christ’s lordship, we do so by serving others as he did. If we wish to share in his power, we do so by following him on a path of meekness, turning the other cheek. If we wish to share in his life, we do so by taking up his Cross. If he gives us a way out, it is not by avoiding the reality of our condition, but a way of using this condition – a condition of frailty, of limitedness, of mortality – of using all this to share in his peace, life, and love and so extend it to others.” (John Behr, The Cross Stands While the World Turns, p 120)


But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  (Matthew 20:25-28)