The Bible lesson for our Wednesday night children’s program was on Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. I decided the best way to teach this lesson was to demonstrate it. So, I washed the feet of some of the crew leaders, while talking to the kiddos about this powerful lesson from Jesus.
Jesus, in His perfection, humbled himself and took the role of a servant. He washed the feet of the disciples, who that very night argued about who amongst them would be greatest in heaven. He demonstrated greatness, when he unwrapped the cloth from his waist, grabbed the basin and knelt down before the disciples. Do you want to be great? Wash some feet.
Jesus washed all the disciples’ feet that night, including Judas. Yes, the disciple who would trade him later that night for coins in complete betrayal had his feet washed by our Savior. Has someone betrayed you? Wash some feet.
Jesus washed Peter’s feet too, even as he argued with Jesus, not realizing the beautiful symbolism of the moment. The disciple who would deny him three times before the rooster crowed that next morning felt the gentle hands of His Savior on his feet. Has someone denied you? Wash some feet.
Jesus has called us to be His servants. He gave us the perfect example during his time as a man on earth. The question is whether you are willing to humble yourself, kneel down and gracefully serve those around you: regardless of the task; regardless of the risk; and regardless of whether it is deserved.
Let’s wash some feet folks!
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
John 13:12-17 NIV