Today’s story is one we love and refer to often, Jesus washing the disciple’s feet. This took place in the upper room just hours before the beginning of the walk to the cross. Jesus would leave this room and head to the garden where He would be met with a mob bearing swords, clubs, and torches.
This passage tells us that Judas’ heart had already turned to a heart of betrayal. This undoubtedly weighed heavy on Jesus. Jesus had a lot of reasons to be “having a bad day”. He could have easily focused on Himself and His problems. Anyone would have understood. But what DID He do? He focused on others. This teaches us a very valuable lesson. Much of our stress is self-induced. It often comes on the heels of self-focus and self-absorption. When times were tough our Lord focused on others – not Himself.
In this simple exercise Jesus taught us to:
- Serve Others
- Love Others
- Prefer Others
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:7-11
By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another… v.35
Peter resisted having Jesus wash his feet. How often do we do the same thing? Our pride keeps us from allowing others to serve us. In reality this is what the body of Christ SHOULD be doing for each other.
Jesus tells us in verse 15 that He did this to give us an example – an example of what we should do.
- How can I “wash someone’s feet” today?
- What’s that look like at work? At school? At home?
- How does obeying and following Jesus in this way identify us with Him?
By: Tim Parsons