The Upper Room is ready.
The Passover Meal prepared and the disciples assembled.
When Jesus . . . Teacher, Giver of miracles, Son of God, Messiah, Restorer of Life gets up to serve.
Let’s take a closer look – Come into the Upper Room
Jesus got up from the table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel He had around him.
6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to Him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus 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.”
9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”
After washing their feet, He put on His robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. John 13:4–9, 12–15
Let’s Make It Personal
What do you feel?
What do you see?
What do you smell?
What do you hear?
Who are you?
James or John?
A corner hidden observer?
Are you humbled? Are you ashamed? Are you confused or embarrassed? Are you still angry about the “who’s most important” discussion?
What do you think?
Are you willing to serve stinky feet?
Father, I picture myself with teachers I’ve respected and admired; and I can’t imagine one of them washing my feet. It seems awkward and embarrassing. It’s easy to relate to Peter’s word, “You will never wash my feet.”
But then I hear Jesus speak words that change everything.
The greatest lessons are learned by experience and example.
Serve as Jesus served.
Love as He loved. Love as He loves. Do as He has done.
Forgive me. I fail repeatedly. I allow self to get in the way of love and service. I’m self-protective and self-righteous.
Please help me. Open my eyes to see those who need humble compassionate service. Help me to follow Jesus example. Help me to do as He has done. Amen.