Jesus washes the disciples feet just prior to the Last Supper.
Have you ever washed your children’s feet, loved one that was sick or a friend in need? It is a very humbling experience for both. My dear friend washed my feet during a retreat after I was running around in my bare feet setting up for the weekend retreat. That was one day in bare feet compared to the disciples always in sandals. I refused because my feet are not pretty and they were very dirty. She insisted, she prayed over me and I laughed at first, then wept. It was incredible and very humbling and spiritual. I will wash anyone’s feet after this experience. Jesus washing the feet of the disciples is so powerful, His humility, His way to serve and not to be served. He wasn’t brought as a traditional King or Conqueror, what everyone was looking for, He came as a suffering Servant. When Peter Simon denied Him to was his feet, Jesus said, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me” (John 13:8).
Then the Last Supper occurs, it was more than Jesus’ last meal; it was a Passover meal, as well. Jesus commands them to remember what He was about to do on behalf of all mankind: shed His blood on the cross paying the debt of our sins (Luke 22:19) Jesus states after “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. . . . I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. . . . Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink” (John 6:35, 51, 54-55).
Reflect: How can you serve others? How can we emulate Jesus better?
Write: a prayer asking for help to reveal how you can do these things, remember God knows your hearts desire and He can use those desires to serve others.
When we have that servant’s heart, the Lord promised, we will be greatly blessed.