Today’s Bible Reading:
Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
1Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. 2It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.
6When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
8“No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”
Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”
9Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”
10Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” 11For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
Verse of the Day:
Have you ever washed someone’s feet?
There is very little in this world that comes close to the humility that this act of servant-hood brings.
Picture this: Jesus, the Teacher, the Lord – washing the feet of those that follow him. EVEN the one that would betray him. Wow.
Jesus tells us that this is an example we should follow. We can’t think we are too good to bow down and serve. Yes, it may seem awkward in our day and time, maybe even a little gross. Don’t you imagine that it was even more gross back then with all of the dirt and sand on their feet? Yeah, probably so.
The most incredible story I can share with you about washing feet had to do with my grandmother that passed away over a year ago. We all knew that her days remaining on this earth were very few. She was in a hospital bed in my parent’s home and the incredible people of Hospice visited daily.
We gathered around her bed to pray. She was ready to go home and meet Jesus. We didn’t want her to go, but we didn’t want to see her suffer either. It was truly bittersweet. We got a bucket and placed it at the side of her bed and she sat on the side.
With tears streaming down my face, I prayed and washed her feet. All I could think about was the many places that these feet had been – the cotton fields as a young girl, the cotton mills as a young lady, the school cafeteria as an amazing grandma, years helping my grandpa before he left this earth. These feet had served, indeed. And then, all I could imagine was those very same feet walking the streets of gold, passing through the pearly gates and meeting Jesus!
It was an honor to pray over this child of God and place her life into His mighty hands. It was a memory that I will never ever forget.
Today, I challenge you to go beyond the awkwardness of stinky feet and to ask God who you can serve. Is it your spouse? A coworker? A friend or family member?
Jesus, help us to live by the examples you have given and teach us to become more of a Christ-like servant every single day.