TUESDAY 22 March, 2015
Jesus Washed the Disciples Feet
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. - John 13:3-5
Imagine, Jesus knew what was ahead of Him; He knew His hour had come. Judas had already betrayed Him and was among the twelve at the Feast of Passover. It was the last supper with His disciples before He would suffer, die and then be forever reunited with His Father in Heaven.
Although these events weighed heavily on His mind He took no thought for Himself. He made Himself a lowly servant and washed His disciple’s feet. In this culture, they would have walked the dirty streets in their sandals. That meant their feet would have been filthy. It was customary before eating for a servant to wash their guest’s feet.
It is incredible to think of Jesus, the Creator of the world, kneeling as a servant and washing His disciple’s feet (Philippians 2:5-8). In this humble act He was teaching His disciples an important lesson:
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them (John 13:14-17).
Despite your trials, can you lay aside yourself and humbly serve another disciple of Christ? Ask the Lord to help you be like Him, a servant.
…but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
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