THURSDAY 9TH APRIL 2020 MORNING
John 13:1-18 New International Version (NIV)
1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not everyone was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
It is easy to say that we love our fellow human beings; but when it comes to loving specific irritating people that we cannot avoid, the process becomes a lot more difficult.
We are to forgive others as Christ forgives us; and with Christ-like humility, to restore back to Him our fellow believers who have gone astray. Just as Christ the Lord did to His disciples, let us learn to serve one another with love.
HAMISI TAREHE 09 APRILI 2020 ASUBUHI
1 Basi, kabla ya sikukuu ya Pasaka, Yesu, hali akijua ya kuwa saa yake imefika, atakayotoka katika ulimwengu kwenda kwa Baba, naye ali amewapenda watu wake katika ulimwengu, aliwapenda upeo.
2 Hata wakati wa chakula cha jioni; naye Ibilisi amekwisha kumtia Yuda, mwana wa Simoni Iskariote, moyo wa kumsaliti;
3 Yesu, hali akijua ya kuwa Baba amempa vyote mikononi mwake, na ya kuwa alitoka kwa Mungu naye anakwenda kwa Mungu,
4 aliondoka chakulani; akaweka kando mavazi yake, akatwaa kitambaa, akajifunga kiunoni.
5 Kisha akatia maji katika bakuli, akaanza kuwatawadha wanafunzi miguu, na kuifuta kwa kile kitambaa alichojifunga.
6 Hivyo yuaja kwa Simoni Petro. Huyo akamwambia, Bwana! Wewe wanitawadha miguu mimi?
7 Yesu akajibu, akamwambia, Nifanyalo wewe hujui sasa; lakini utalifahamu baadaye.
8 Petro akamwambia, Wewe hutanitawadha miguu kamwe. Yesu akamwambia, Kama nisipokutawadha, huna shirika nami.
9 Simoni Petro akamwambia, Bwana, si miguu yangu tu, hata na mikono yangu na kichwa changu pia.
10 Yesu akamwambia, Yeye aliyekwisha kuoga hana haja ila ya kutawadha miguu, bali yu safi mwili wote; nanyi mmekuwa safi, lakini si nyote.
11 Kwa maana alimjua yeye atakayemsaliti; ndiyo maana alisema, Si nyote mlio safi.
12 Basi alipokwisha kuwatawadha miguu, na kuyatwaa mavazi yake, na kuketi tena, akawaambia, Je! Mmeelewa na hayo niliyowatendea?
13 Ninyi mwaniita, Mwalimu, na, Bwana; nanyi mwanena vema, maana ndivyo nilivyo.
14 Basi ikiwa mimi, niliye Bwana na Mwalimu, nimewatawadha miguu, imewapasa vivyo kutawadhana miguu ninyi kwa ninyi.
15 Kwa kuwa nimewapa kielelezo; ili kama mimi nilivyowatendea, nanyi mtende vivyo.
16 Amin, amin, nawaambia ninyi, Mtumwa si mkuu kuliko bwana wake; wala mtume si mkuu kuliko yeye aliyempeleka.
17 Mkiyajua hayo, heri ninyi mkiyatenda.
18 Sisemi habari za ninyi nyote; nawajua wale niliowachagua; lakini andiko lipate kutimizwa, Aliyekula chakula changu Ameniinulia kisigino chake.
Ni rahisi kusema kuwa tunawapenda wanadamu wenzetu; lakini inapofikia wakati wa kuonesha upendo kwa wale wanaotuudhi na ambao hatuwezi kuwaepuka, tunapata wakati mgumu sana.
Tunahitaji kuwasamehe wengine kama Kristo naye alivyotusamehe sisi; na kwa kuiga mfano wa unyenyekevu wa Yesu, kuwarejesha kwake Wakristo wenzetu walioiacha njia yake. Jinsi Kristo Bwana alivyofanya kwa mitume wake, tujifunze kutumikiana sisi kwa sisi kwa upendo.