13. 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. John 13:1 (NIV)
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.
The phrase "Step up To the Plate" is a baseball metaphor. When we "Step Up," we take responsibility for something. Let's look below at some of the other meanings of this phrase. words. "Step Up" is a (Verb and action word). It can mean:
To increase something, especially in stages: The factory stepped up production to meet the growing demand. The runners stepped their pace up for the last two laps.2. To come forward: When I call your name, please step up and be counted. 3. To improve one's performance or take on more responsibility, especially at a crucial time: The player stepped up at a crucial moment and scored the winning point.
Many women use the term "step up" when referring to a man as "A Dead Beat Dad. Hundreds of thousands of children being raised by single moms, Many fathers, (rather men), have abandoned their children and provide very little support for their kids of all ages. Sometimes mothers have to take their child's father to court, only to have a judge tell the deadbeat dad to "step up to the plate" and take care of your fatherly responsibilities.
When we "step up" on our jobs, we must make sure we produce quality work. When we step up in pursuing our destiny, we must set goals, stay focused on the prize and persevere until we arrive at our destination in life. We must go after our purpose with passion and zeal. When we step up and exercise our right and privilege to vote, we take responsibility for who we would like to represent us in government. When we step up, we are saying, I get it! I have a call, a duty, a responsibility an obligation to fulfill.
In the game of baseball, a major league player steps up to the plate to hit the ball, to score a run, to win a game. It doesn't matter if they are behind in a game, they must put their best foot forward and press on to help their team outscore their opponent. Excuses are not allowed, pity parties are not allowed, and sometimes the aches and pains from a former injury cannot be used as an excuse to cower and exclaim, "Well, I did my best, you know I wasn't in the best shape to help the team."
This passage of Scripture in John 13 will ask you and me to step up to the plate, as Jesus asked his disciples to do on the night of the Passover Feast. You will recognize the account as Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. As you read the account you will note the fact that the Lord's disciples failed miserably to "step up to the plate." They did not take responsibility for their own dirty feet, let alone for one another's. They were so consumed by their own self-importance. They let Jesus, their Lord and Master, do the work of a common slave. They did not fully recognize, after all the time He spent with them, that He was modeling for them how they were to love and serve Him and one another.
Their failure hints at a much bigger issue. If they wanted to, they could have volunteered to or stepped up to wash away their own sins. Instead, less than 24 hours later, their Lord would walk step by step up to Calvary, carry His cross, their guilt, and shame on his own shoulders and back. In completing the work on the cross, Jesus, stepped up, showing them "the full extent of his love: (v. 1).
And what a love it was! What a love it continues to be to both you and me. Never forget the fact that Jesus carried our sins, our guilt, and shame with Him to that old rugged cross. Because he stepped up to the plate and died for us, we can live, truly live as God's sons and daughters both now and forever. We must, however, never forget the admonishment that Jesus gave in that same text when He said, "As I have washed your feet, you ought also to wash the feet of one another" (v. 14).
Now that we are forgiven and set free, we now serve our Lord and Savior by serving his people. We go forward and serve in "His Steps." We do so not because we have to or are forced to, we do so as "joyful, hope-filled, so glad I get to serve Him folk." As servants of God, we know the price Jesus paid for us on the cross to secure our salvation. How blessed we are to be His servants.