John 13:1–11 (ESV)
Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet
before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas
Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around
his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him,
“What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9 Simon Peter said
to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For
he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
I have been out of town for a couple of days and I’m back.
is so much to write about this passage, yet I going to focus on just a portion of it. I have divided it into two parts. The first part (today’s), I want to focus on having a servant’s attitude. If Jesus is our Prophet, Priest,
and King... then why is he washing Peter’s feet instead of Peter washing Jesus’ feet? If he is truly King, then we should be waiting and serving him, but Jesus has reversed the role and the King bows down and washes the disciple’s feet.
Jesus is making a big statement. He is King, but his Kingdom is not of this earth. What the world expects of a King is not the Kingdom of God. Jesus is showing a servant’s heart and it is the King who serves instead of being served.
We too should have a servant’s attitude towards all people.
I pray: O Lord, shape me according to your image... to put others before my self and to have a true servant’s attitude.
In today’s world, the King is to be served by the people. In your Kingdom, it is the King who serves the people. Help me to reverse my understanding of a true King relationship with the people. Help me to be humble and to reach
out and to serve... to put other’s needs before my needs. Amen.