3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean”
12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
28 “…even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”
The Savior King led by example. He took on the job of a servant and washed his disciple’s dirty, dusty feet. He taught his followers to serve gladly and to literally get their hands dirty furthering his kingdom. Jesus demonstrated a humble, holy love.
Being cared for in this manner may seem somewhat awkward, yet Jesus showed that washing our feet is necessary because it is symbolic of his authority and grace. Note how Peter at first refused to allow Jesus to do this for him and then wanted to be fully cleansed (sanctified) once he understood the connection. Isn’t it wonderful that we’ve been fully cleansed by Christ as his followers? Even though Christ died on the cross for our sins once and for all, we still must seek daily “ foot cleansing” through the confession of our sins. Thanks be to God for the forgiveness of our sin.
May we look for ways to help others, to humbly put their needs before our own as Christ has exemplified for us. Pray that we would “be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share” as we seek to live out Christ’s example. (1 Timothy 6:18)