Friday Night Devotional by Mike Dai, 1/30/2016
As those in the inner-most circle of Jesus, the disciples were certainly familiar with His remarkable works. In John’s gospel alone, they witnessed Jesus heal a paralytic man, multiply fish and bread to feed five thousand, walk on water, and raise Lazarus from the dead. In John 13, on the day before His crucifixion, Jesus and His disciples gathered together for the Feast of the Passover in the upper room, where Jesus would do something equally astonishing to His miraculous works.
“[Jesus] rose from supper. He laid aside His outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around His waist. Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet…” (Jn 13:4-5)
Being consumed with perfect love towards His disciples, Jesus condescended to wash their dirty feet – a customary task that was commonly delegated to the lowliest of servants. Jesus – the supreme Son of God who had already given up heavenly glories to become a finite man — now humbled himself even further by doing the lowly work of a servant. Despite knowing that Judas would betray Him and that He would soon go to the cross to die for the sins of the world in just a few hours, Jesus still sought the interests of the disciples whom He loved.
It was the disciples who should have washed Jesus’ feet, but selfishness and pride had filled their hearts during supper as they disputed which of them was the greatest (Lk 22:24). Rather than rebuking His disciples, however, Jesus manifests His divine love by serving them and providing tender instruction.
“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” (Jn 13:14-15)
How are you imitating Jesus in your love and humility towards others? Are you willing to serve in ways that may be inconvenient, unappreciated, or difficult? May we grow in our love for one another and be humble servants like Jesus.