Saturday, September 24, 2011

John 13:12 "Do you know what I have done to you?"

Image is everything. Pictures drive a lot of what we do. Leaders have vision of where an organization needs to go. Brides have images of what their wedding should look like. Companies invest vast amounts of money and energy in creating logos that "brand" their product or service. Auto makers sell an image of what owning a particular vehicle says about you.
In the text for Sunday, John 13:12, Jesus asked his disciples if they knew "what he had done to them?" The answer is that he gave them an example. It wasn't till this week that I unpacked the word example. In greek the word is "hupo-deigma" or "under-image". A synonym to "hupo-deigma" is "para-deigma" from or "beside-image". It's also the root word for paradigm. We all know how important paradigms are, they are our driving images, our reality lenses. The reality lens Jesus gave us as disciples is the basin and the towel.


At 8:32 PM , Blogger Kalon L said...

It's a wonderful bit of Scripture. Jesus didn't give us a 10 point talk about servanthood - he demonstrated it! Would that our teaching could be so clear and unmistakeable.


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