Scripture: “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14 NIV).
He came not as the “Conquering King,” but as the “Suffering Servant” (Isa. 53). He came in lowliness of heart and mind. He did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. The humility expressed by his act was shown with a basin and a towel. This foreshadows his ultimate act of humility and love shown by his sacrifice.
He stooped to lower himself and wash his disciples’ feet. This represents the sinner when he first comes to Christ for the washing of his sins. No other act can cleanse us further from our sins. He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable toHim and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness] (2 Cor. 5:21 Amp. Bible).
“For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:15).
In the washing of his disciples’ feet, Jesus is teaching us how we should serve. We are to emulate him. By serving one another in lowliness of heart and mind, and esteeming one another higher than ourselves, we show a level of humility, love, and respect. This addresses the condition of the heart. We should not think more highly of ourselves than others. But, we should encourage each other and build one another up, which shows a level of humility and respect for the well-being of others. Likewise, the same duties that Christ performed are mutual.
Those whom Christ loves, he loves forever. Nothing can separate a true believer from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. All whom Christ owns he justifies and sanctifies. Thus, we are washed after we accept Christ as our Savior.
“If you know these things, happy are ye if you do them” (John 13:17).
Ministry demands a level of decrease in ones-self-life. Every person who has been chosen by God is brought to the fullness of Christ. We must humble ourselves and bow with our hearts in line with Christ. Jesus asked the question, “Who is greater? The one who sits at the table, or the one who serves?” He then replied, “I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27 NIV).
In humility and love, Jesus washed his disciple’s feet and then sat at the feast. He even washed and fed Judas, which represents the ultimate test of humility. The test is custom designed to the continuity of our weaknesses. The teacher never focuses on the things that you’re good at. He focuses on your weaknesses. The test is designed to challenge your weaknesses. Your maturity level has excelled when you can wash the feet of your enemy, and then invite him to sit for a bite to eat. This is the truest test of unconditional love.
(Background Scriptures: John 13:1-30)
May the eyes of your understanding be enlightened, that you may come to know the glorious riches in Christ.
Much love and many blessings,