Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4got up from the table,* took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ 7Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ 8Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ 9Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ 10Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet,* but is entirely clean. And you* are clean, though not all of you.’ 11For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’
12After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. 14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16Very truly, I tell you, servants* are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. 17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
Serving for Jesus
In the upper room, the preparation for foot washing had been made, but no servant was there to carry out the task. Any one of the disciples could have jumped in, but pride got in the way. Instead, Jesus stepped forward and performed this intimate act of service. Jesus insisted, and through his actions, he has provided an emotionally charged illustration of humility and love for his disciples, and for us.
On a recent mission trip to Costa Rica, our team of 23 repeatedly showed love to others. In our acts of kindness to orphaned children at the Methodist Home for Abandoned Children, we told the story of Noah and helped with a Bible school for 11 children, ages 2-10 years old. The joy and love in their faces radiated God’s love. Building walls, assembling rebar and framework for a new residence for the orphans brought joy to our hearts. As Christians, we are called to serve, step out of our comfort zones and help those less fortunate as Jesus modeled for us all. I found the humbleness of serving the children and working at the seminary in Costa Rica brought us all much joy!
Prayer: Lord as servants of your love, help us to follow in your footsteps and spread your love in our community and our world. Give us the humility and desire to serve you each day. Amen.