In the Harry Potter books and movies, the people in the paintings hanging on the walls move about, so the pictures are constantly changing. The Bible never changes, and yet it always offers me something I never saw before.
While selecting verses for a recent Leadership training, I was re-reading John 13:12-15, the foot washing passage, when I noticed it say, quite plainly, Jesus, “put his outer garment back on,” after finishing.
I never really saw this before.
Jesus put his outer garment back on, because he took it off to do the foot washing.
Reading this at other times, I assumed he took it off, so he wouldn’t get it wet.
This time, I knew it was a big part of the lesson – for his disciples and for me.
In order to serve, to really serve, we must remove our protective layer, our outer garment, and become vulnerable and genuine.
It’s been there all the time.
I once was blind, but now I see. Amazing, just amazing.
That’s why I love the Bible.