Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 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. John 13:3-5
This is my Jesus. This is my God. He’s the spotless one who has no problem bending down with a towel and washing my dirty, smelly feet because He loves me and wants to make me clean like Him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” John 13:6-8
Tristan, one of my K-life kids, put it this way: “It’s saying unless we let Jesus clean us, we’re screwed.”
If Jesus is our example, humility is paramount. If we believe in a God who gets down on his knees and washes feet, nothing is more important than humbly recognizing our need for a savior. Our hearts are dirty. Our hearts need to be washed and that’s what He does.
“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” John 13:6-8
Wash all of us God.
Wash our feet so we can GO.
Wash our hands. Free them to serve whoever we can wherever we are.
Wash our heads. Focus our thoughts on our Washer and Redeemer.