Summer Daily Devotional - John 13

Death to Entitlement

Death to Entitlement

"And when he (Judas) had gone out, Jesus said, 'Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him'" (John 13:31).

Nothing confronts the human sense of entitlement more than the humility of Jesus.

The journey to the cross is now in full view in John’s storytelling. Jesus has been talking about the time appointed for His glorification. But what does it mean for the Son of Man to be glorified? The closer the story gets to the cross, the more we understand the answer to this question:
Jesus’ mission to go to the cross and die a humiliating death for our sin IS His glory.

The glory of Jesus’ humility is on full display in this chapter. He washes his disciples’ feet, including Judas', who Jesus knows is about to betray Him (John 13:10-11). Jesus also knows that He will have to go to the cross alone. Not even the most zealous of His disciples, like Peter, will follow Him to the cross (John 13:36).

Simply put, the humility of Jesus is hard to fathom. Here is the eternal Son of God, the Creator, the one who holds history, the Lord of Heaven and Earth…here He is washing the feet of His betrayer.

Have you ever been slighted, offended, or wronged? Of course you have. We all have. In that moment of offense, we so often default to entitlement. We find ourselves carrying on imaginary conversations in our minds in which we assert our own importance.

“How dare you offend me! Do you have any idea who I am?” we think to ourselves.

It is in those moments, when our pride is offended, that the astounding humility of Jesus confronts our entitlement. When He, the King of glory, was misunderstood, attacked, lied about, plotted against, betrayed, and disowned, He didn’t retort, “Do you have any idea who I am?”

Rather, He stayed the course to the cross.

His is the greatest act of humility in history, and it was in His humility that His glory was revealed for all to see. The more we see Him for who He really is—the King of glory crucified for our sin—the more we let our sense of entitlement fade and the more we delight in serving others.

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