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The Day Before & Breakfast Sandwich Remix

John 13:3-6 (msg)

Jesus knew that the Father had put in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of his disciples, drying them with his apron. When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said, “Master, you wash my feet?”

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At this time nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus was probably waking up for the very last time here on earth. I can imagine Him lying in bed, rubbing His eyes, and thinking about what the next 24 hours would hold. The Bible doesn’t talk a lot about what Jesus spent that Thursday doing when He woke up, but we do know that He had some anxiety around the events that were about to take place. In the days leading up to His death, and even in the very hours before in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus reveals His humanness.

Needless to say, this very Thursday almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus had a lot on His mind. But we would never be able to tell based on what we see Him do this evening. He gathers with His disciples for dinner and community one last time. But He doesn’t just enjoy a meal with them, He changes into “work clothes” and one by one, He washes their feet.

I have a tendency to skip over the small details without really thinking them through, and in this case, there’s nothing small about the small details. If you’re like me, it’s important to spend time focusing on this passage to take in what’s not necessarily spelled out.

These are Jesus’ final hours on earth. He’s fully aware of what’s about to happen, and as we know, it’s obviously been on His heart. He’s about to sacrifice His life in one of the most torturous, painful ways possible for His disciples (present and future – that’s us too!), not to mention the warfare we can’t even fathom that he would endure between His crucifixion and resurrection. Yet He continues to give more. He doesn’t spend His last night pouting, or worrying Himself sick. He’s not bitter about the fact that He’s about to give His life was a group of sinners, or even that He was sharing the table with one of His best friends who had committed the ultimate act of betrayal by turning Him over to the soldiers. Instead, Luke 22:15 tells us that Jesus said, “I have really looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you.”

I think it’s really interesting that with so little time left, Jesus had a choice to make about how He would spend his last evening on earth, and what He chooses should function as a guide to all of us. He chooses to serve. “When Jesus finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes. Then he returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for?’ he asked them. ‘You call me teacher and Lord. You are right. That is what I am. I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. So you also should wash one another’s feet (John 13:12-14).”

Have you ever had something you were really anxious about; a big test, a medical procedure, a court hearing? What were your behaviors and actions like the night before? I know I’m not alone in saying that when I have something big and scary on my plate, I’m not always a joy to be around. I have a bad habit of letting my fear get the best of me, and that fear often shapes my actions into behaviors that don’t highlight my best qualities to say the least.

That’s not the case for Jesus. Because of His selflessness, He still practiced serving before making the ultimate sacrifice. As we move into this Easter weekend, let’s make a point to reflect on the not-so-small, small details that make Jesus who He is. Of course, the Cross and the empty tomb are the highlights of this holiday, and our walk with God, but if we don’t make time to reflect on what Jesus did on Thursday, the day before, we’re missing out on experiencing all of Him and what He’s done for us.

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What are some examples in your own life of how Jesus has shown His servant heart to you? Spend time reflecting on the Cross and resurrection, but also on the times that Jesus has knelt down and washed your feet.

Pray

A prayer of praise and worship for the actions Jesus took on this very day nearly 2,000 years ago.

Breakfast Sandwich Remix

2 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

7 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 1 Breakfast Sandwich

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 strip of bacon or 1 sausage patty
  • 1 slice cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Heat waffle maker and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Cook bacon or sausage according to instructions
  3. Scramble eggs with salt and pepper
  4. Pour half the eggs into waffle maker and cook through, about 2 minutes
  5. Repeat with second half of eggs
  6. Place sausage/bacon on top of one egg half, top with cheese, and cover with other egg
  7. Place in microwave for 15 seconds to melt cheese
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Tips & Tools

This recipe was created using a mini waffle maker, but if you only have a full size waffle maker available, pour the whole scrambled egg mixture in at one time. Once cooked, cut the “waffle in half, creating more of a panini-style breakfast sandwich.

Nutrition information is calculated using 1 strip of lower sodium bacon.

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