John 13:1-5,12-17 NLT
Before 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. It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 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, drying them with the towel he had around him. . . After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your 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. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
Reflection . . .
Jesus has given us an example of humility! He’s given us an example that we are to follow, not just to wash one another’s feet, but to be a servant, humble and willing to serve the most unlikely and unlovely of people — everyone!
It’s interesting that so many so called “Christians” involve themselves in so many activities that appear so worthwhile, yet when it comes down to their motivation for doing those things, are they really serving others or is it yet another way for them to be served and gain fame or respect for their own good works? We are called to do good works, yes! Works that the Lord has prepared for us in advance (Eph. 2:10-11), but those are not the things that save us or that we are to receive glory or honour for. It’s only in Jesus Christ and the work He done on the cross that we find forgiveness and salvation.