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Gospel Doctrine Lesson Twenty Three

Love One Another, As
I Have Loved You

Purpose: To
inspire class
members to
follow Jesus’
example in loving
and serving
others.

In John 13 we read about the Last Super, the Savior’s kindness in washing
the feet of his disciples, and the institution of the sacrament. Before telling
us about what the Savior did, however, John tells us why the Savior did it.
Specifically, he gives us four reasons why the Savior served his disciples,
and why we should serve one another.
1)  John 13:1- Jesus served his disciples
because he knew his death was
imminent. How would the intensity of
your service change if you knew that
you would be returning to your Father in
Heaven in the next twenty-four hours?

3) John 13:2- Jesus served because he
understood that his disciples would be sorely
tempted and tried over the next 24 hours.
Jesus knew that his service would
spiritually uplift and strengthen them for
the turbulent times ahead. How can you
spiritually strenghten others through
service?

2)  John 13:1- Jesus served his disciples
because he loved them. When is the last
time that you served someone out of
pure, unadulterated love? Not obligation,
not expectation…just love?

4) John 13:3, “Knowing…that he was come
from God, and went to God”: Jesus served
because he knew who he was and where he
was going. How can this knowledge change
our own service?

Of  all  the  )mes  we  see  the  bowing  knees  of  Jesus,  none  is  so  precious  as  when  He  
kneels  before  His  disciples  and  washes  their  feet.  It  had    been  a  long  day.  Jerusalem  
was  crowded  with  Passover  guests.  The  spring  sun  was  warm.  The  streets  were  dry.  
And  the  disciples  were  a  long  way  from  home.  One  by  one  they  entered  the  upper  
room  and  took  their  places  around  the  table.  On  the  wall  hung  a  towel,  and  on  the  
floor  sat  a  basin.    
ACer  a  few  moments,  Jesus  stood  and  removed  His  outer  garment.  He  wrapped  a  
servant’s  girdle  around  His  waist,  took  up  the  basin,  and  knelt  before  one  of  the  
disciples.  He  unlaced  a  sandal  and  gently  liCed  the  foot,  placed  it  in  the  basin,  and  
covered  it  with  water.  One  by  one  Jesus  worked  His  way  down  the  row.    The  hands  
that  shaped  the  stars  were  now  covered  in  filth.  The  fingers  that  formed  mountains  
now  gently  kneaded  sore  arches.  And  the  one  before  whom  all  na)ons  will  one  day  
kneel,  knelt  before  His  disciples.    
Jesus  tenderly  served  his  disciples;  all  the  while  knowing  that  within  the  next  twenty-­‐
four  hours  they  would  abandon  him;  that  the  very  feet  he  was  washing  would  run  for  
cover  at  the  first  flash  of  a  Roman  sword.  Jesus  washed  knowing  that  only  one  pair  of  
feet  wouldn’t  abandon  Him  in  the  garden,  knowing  that  Judas  wouldn’t  even  make  it  
that  far.    
I  searched  the  scriptures  for  a  verse  that  read,  “Jesus  washed  all  the  disciples’  feet  
except  the  feet  of  Judas,”  but  I  couldn’t  find  one.  Imagine  that  moment,  that  
incredible  moment  when  Jesus  silently  liCed  the  feet  of  His  betrayer  and  washed  
them  in  the  basin.    
Jesus  knew  what  these  men  were  about  to  do.  He  knew  that  by  morning  they  would  
bury  their  heads  in  shame  and  look  down  at  their  feet  in  disgust.  And  when  they  do,  
Jesus  wanted  them  to  remember  how  he  had  knelt  before  them  and  cleansed  them.  
Remarkable.  He  forgave  their  sin  before  they  even  commiLed  it.  He  offered  mercy  
before  they  even  sought  it.    
So,  more  than  removing  dirt,  Jesus  is  removing  doubt.  Removing  doubt  and  affirming  
His  love.    

If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also out to wash one another’s feet”. How can you
demonstrate this type of love and service to someone in your life this week?

Read Matthew 26:26-28
When you read Matthew’s account of the Last Supper, one incredible truth surfaces. Jesus is the person
behind it all. It was Jesus who selected the place, designated the time, and set the meal in order. The subject
of the verbs is the message of the event: “He took . . . he blessed . . . he broke . . . he gave. . . .” And at the
Supper, Jesus is not the served, but the servant. Jesus is the most active one at the table. Jesus is not
portrayed as the one who reclines and receives, but as the one who stands and gives. He was in charge. He
was on center stage. And he still is. When you partake of the sacrament, t is the Lord’s table you sit at. It is
the Lord’s Supper you eat. When the bread is broken, Christ breaks it. When the water is poured, Christ pours
it. And when your burdens are lifted, it is because the King in the apron has drawn near.
 

What did I do during the sacrament
today?

What did Jesus do during the sacrament
today?

Partaking of the sacrament is sometimes the greatest act of surrender we will perform. To partake of
the sacrament humbly is to be aware that what you have been given is far greater than what you
can give. It is to be aware that were it not for his touch, you’d still be hurting and broken. It is the
“thank you” that cannot be silenced. Partaking of the sacrament is a voluntary act of gratitude
offered by the saved to the Savior, by the healed to the healer, and by the delivered to the Deliverer.
How can I improve my sacrament worship?

“And when they had sung a hymn…”
Matthew 26:30

Before leaving the upper room to face what would be the most horrific and most
harrowing nights in all of history Jesus prepared himself by singing a hymn. The
first presidency has said, “Hymns move us to repentance and good works, build
testimony and faith, comfort the weary, console the mourning, and inspire us to
endure to the end”. They hymn that sung that night was most likely Psalms 118,
as that was the hymn traditionally sung at the end of the Passover feast. Study
the words of this hymn. Jot down any significant and poignant phrases,
particularly those that seem most salient in the face of the Savior’s impending
crucifixion. I will write one to get you started.

“The Lord is on my side, I
will not fear. For what can
man do to me?