HOST: Ron House
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 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, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 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. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 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.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 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.” For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 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? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 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 also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
Jesus had often taught His disciples of the importance of humility and service, but as they met together in the upper room, Jesus gives them a powerful demonstration and example of those attributes. The job of foot-washing was reserved for the lowliest servant of the household. It was a demeaning and thankless job that no one wanted to do. But as the apostles are sitting around the table arguing over who will be the greatest (see yesterday’s reading), Jesus dons a towel and begins to serve the apostles in a remarkably humble way. What lesson does He hope to teach them through this act of service? That if He, their teacher and Lord (not to mention the Son of God), can humble Himself to perform this act of service, then they (and we) certainly should be willing to serve one another in whatever way we can. For the servant of God, no work is so lowly that it is beneath us. If we can show the love of God to others and bring glory to Him through our service, then we should always be ready and willing to take on the role of a servant.
Why is it so important to God that we be servants?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!