John 13: 4-5 ” So He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.”

This very intimate moment happened during the Last Supper when Jesus and His disciples were eating the Passover meal together.  There must have been gasps and awkward silence as the disciples watched their Lord take on the role assigned to the lowest of lowest servants.  For the washing of dusty, dirty feet was a part of hospitality and custom of the time… a generous and gracious way to receive guests into your house…and usually done by a lowly, and young servant.  It says that when He had finished, He said, “Now that I, Your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”  But what was Jesus trying to tell us?  First, Jesus was teaching us  by example.  In Matthew 20:28 He explained, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.”  So what He’s telling us is that we need to follow His example by having a servants heart.  And in doing so, we can show others recognition and gratitude that’s steeped in humility and love.  For it says He washed the feet of all the disciples…including the feet of Judas.

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