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June 26 – Jesus: Teacher and Lord

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” – John 13:14 

Scripture reading: John 13:12-20

Who in your life has the right to tell you what to do? If you are a youngster, no doubt you realize your parents have the right to tell you what to do. As adults, it is tempting to think, “You can’t tell me what to do”. This is subtly reinforced in church life in that catechism classes are required before membership, but not after becoming a member. It is like saying, “Your education is complete.” Jesus tells us, He is our Teacher and our Lord and continually teaches us as He leads us.

The Word of God overflows with the teachings about Jesus and the teachings of Jesus. I have some friends who are new to the faith and they are excited because they just purchased “red letter” Bibles. These Bibles, in the Gospels, highlight Jesus’s words by printing them in red. Interestingly, all the letters of the Bible should be in red, for all the words are God-breathed, inspired by the Spirit. The whole Bible, from start to finish, is the instruction of our Teacher, Jesus. Keep reading the Word so that you will know Jesus, your Teacher.

Jesus is your Lord. His words have ultimate authority in your life. What you learn from Him, you are commanded to put into practice. The life of a Christian is imbued with the glorious task of taking the things of God and putting them into practice in daily life. This is the great adventure and mighty work of all who have been saved in Jesus Christ.

Suggestions for prayer

Ask God to give you a spirit of humility so that you will be teachable and ready to receive the instruction of Jesus; look to God the Father to show you the opportunities He is giving you to put Jesus’ teaching into practice in the ordinary flow of your day and week.

Rev. Richard Vander Vaart served as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church of North America for over twenty years, before joining the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. He is now serving as the Atlantic Region prison-visiting pastor working with Redemption Prison Ministry. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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