By: Zach Warrick
John 13:3-5, 13-15
“Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he had around him.”
“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because it is true. And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.”
Our culture generally fails to grasp the true meaning of love. The type of love movie stars, pop stars, politicians, and many of us display is selfish and completely self-serving. We as a people fail to understand the sort of love Jesus displayed when He walked the earth. I personally cannot comprehend the sort of love that found the Savior of the Universe kneeling by His followers, washing their dirt-caked feet.
It is amazing that Jesus, with time rapidly moving towards His crucifixion, decided to give up precious minutes to wash His disciple’s feet. Jesus stared death in the face and bent down to perform a service usually the duty of the lowliest servant. After He finished, He then told his disciples to follow His example!
This command wasn’t just for the disciples, either. It is a direct command to any follower of Christ. Loving others, and in that love serving others, must have no limit, no restrictions, and no excuses attached. It is an unending blessing and responsibility that comes from the fact that Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice out of love for us. Maybe this kind of love isn’t so hard to grasp. All we have to do is look at the life of the One who first loved us.
Lord, please grant me the ability to love like you did. I cannot do it on my own. Help me to see the feet that need to be “washed” in my own life.