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This post is a stop on the Lenten Blog Tour, which brings the story of Jesus and the Christian tradition of lent to you through the lens of a new Bible translation, the Common English Bible, and 41 different voices.
Having loved his own who were in the world, He loved them fully. – John 13:1
The backdrop for the events which follow is seen in the first verse of John 13: “He loved them fully.” This is the context, the setting, the foundation for what comes next: The night Jesus cleaned the filthy feet of his friends as he prepared to bear their pain on the cross.

Having loved fully, Jesus provided food when the stomachs growled.
Having loved fully, Jesus calmed the seas when they were in turmoil.
Having loved fully, Jesus answered foolish questions with grace.
Having loved fully, Jesus shared truth, broke bread, and fed their souls.
Having loved fully, Jesus stooped down to clean their weary feet.
Having loved fully, Jesus gave himself so they–we–could be forgiven.

He loved them fully. As we ponder this statement, our thoughts drift to times when we’ve been loved fully.

Having loved fully, our parents said no when we thought we wanted them to say yes.
Having loved fully, Matthew made us laugh in moments when he knew we needed it.
Having loved fully, Grace taught Scripture in a way that children could grasp.
Having loved fully, Amy set aside the busyness of her day to connect over a wonderful meal.
Having loved fully, Jesus sought us out in moments when we sought everything but him.

During this season of Lent, comfort-seeking gives way to reorienting. We are called to reorient our lives to resemble Christ, with both our heart and our hands. Insert a name and ponder whether it resembles Christ: Having loved ______ fully …what happens next?
Having loved our neighbor Sylvester fully, would we bustle into our house when he’s sitting on his lawn chair? Would we turn up our noses at his foul language? Would we attempt to fill the empty chair at our dinner table with someone just a bit more safe?
Having loved Sylvester fully, would we pick up the trash which blew over from his lawn? Would we bake him fresh bread just because? Would we engage in conversation when we don’t have time to do so?
The love of Jesus begs a response. Having been loved fully, how will we fully love?
John 13:1-8, 12-15 (CEB)
1 Before the Festival of Passover, Jesus knew that his time had come to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them fully.
2 Jesus and his disciples were sharing the evening meal. The devil had already provoked Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew the Father had given everything into his hands and that he had come from God and was returning to God. 4 So he got up from the table and took off his robes. Picking up a linen towel, he tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he was wearing. 6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “ Lord, are you going to wash my feet? ”
7 Jesus replied, “ You don’t understand what I’m doing now, but you will understand later. ”
8 “ No! ” Peter said. “ You will never wash my feet!”
Jesus replied, “ Unless I wash you, you won’t have a place with me. ”
12 After he washed the disciples’ feet, he put on his robes and returned to his place at the table. He said to them, “Do you know what I’ve done for you? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you speak correctly, because I am. 14 If I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you too must wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example: just as I have done, you also must do.