John 13:1-20; 2 Chronicles 18; Psalm 78:21-37
Back in Jesus’ days, they didn’t drive cars. Some rode donkeys, others walked. Just as we hate walking in the exhaust of the car, those who walked in Jesus’ days hated walking in the exhaust of their transportation method. Only, it was a lot messier. (I should note that this thought is stolen from last Sunday’s sermon by Dana Moore, pastor at Second Baptist Church, Corpus Christi) And so it was that as the disciples gathered in the upper room, and people got ready for dinner, there was an uneasy feeling. There were no slaves present and everybody knew that somebody should wash everyone else’s feet; and it wasn’t going to be them. This job was left for the lowest level person in the group, and no one wanted to admit to being that!
Jesus took the water and a towel and lovingly washed each disciple’s feet. Even the feet of Judas. (thanks again, Dana) Jesus knew that Judas would betray Him and still washed his feet acting as the lowliest servant. His comments to the disciples were startling: “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John13:14-15) So what kind of example did Jesus mean?
I’m guessing He wasn’t calling for a battle royale at church with everyone trying to wash each other’s feet. I can just see it. “Hey John! Take off those shoes and socks. I’m gonna wash your feet.” “No you’re not, I’m gonna wash your feet!” And then the fight begins. No, that’s not what Jesus meant. I think He’s reminding us that we should take every opportunity to serve others – even if those others include people who would betray us. It’s important to remember that we aren’t called, as followers of Christ, to a life of ease and luxury; we are called to a life of service. And, no one is beneath our call to serve.
Lord God, may I serve You each day by serving Your people. Remind me that You love each and every person You created. Help me to love them as You do.