12 So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?
13 You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.
14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15 For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.
In Israel during biblical times, there were no paved roads. Instead, there were dusty paths.
Sandaled feet would get filthy walking to and fro. It was custom for people to remove their sandals and clean off their feet before entering a place. In wealthy homes, servants would be waiting at the door to wash the feet of guests as they arrived. This unpleasant but necessary task fell to the worker in the lowest standing in the household. Jesus was the last person expected to take on such a demeaning task. Can you imagine the disciples’ surprise?
The King of Kings and Lord of Lords assumed the role of a servant to emphasize the depth of love for His disciples by cleaning their feet. The only reason someone would do this voluntarily was to show complete devotion to another person. Through this most humble service, Jesus demonstrated that there is nothing He is not willing to do for His followers.
Jesus set the standard by which every one of His servants should live their lives. We are all expected to love and serve one another in humility just as He did. Jesus wanted people who will ignore position, power, and pride in order to do what needs to be done for those in need.
When is the last time you inconvenienced yourself for the sake of someone else?
• How are you following Jesus’ command to sacrificially serve others?
• What do you think the modern day “washing of feet” role is?
• Ask God to give you a servant’s heart. Ask for a humble spirit—less of you, more of Christ.