It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 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. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. (John 13:1-5, 12–17, NIV 1984).
My Musings – What’s wrong with this picture? “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power.” So naturally, He “began to wash his disciples’ feet.” This is exactly what we would expect the Creator of the universe to do, right?
He also “knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father.” And He knew that before leaving, His path would take Him to Golgotha. To death on a cross. So naturally, He felt the most important thing He could do at the moment was to “wash his disciples’ feet.” This is exactly what we would expect a condemned man to do in His final hours, right? Especially, if they were among those whose sins He was dying for, which they were.
He was showing “them [and us] the full extent of his love.”
My Advice – “Do you understand what [He has] done for you?” Really understand? If so, then you should ask yourself what things you can do for Him. “You will be blessed if you do them.”