Thursday, June 30, 2016
So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done for you? You call me Lord and Teacher and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet."
This is a very touching scene. Jesus is demonstrating His love for His disciples, and what love He wants them to have for one another. Serving one another can be messy, unpleasant, and down-right dirty! It is the love that our Father expects us to have. I, for one am not capable of this, and I don't believe you are any more capable then I! Am I right?
We were never meant to live this life on our own, with our own agenda and rules. Our feelings will take us in the wrong direction, and the wrong destination. It is when we yield to the Master's call that we understand what service is all about. Only then can we love the unlovely, pray for the lost and dying, and show the love that is beyond understanding.
It is very humbling to allow someone to wash your feet. In our culture it is almost unthinkable to have this done for us. What do you think the disciples were feeling, even though foot washing was a common custom? I will show my love for you my children, by doing the practical, pointing to the future when my blood will be shed to set you free from sin, and express how I want you to love one another as well. Only He could have made something so every day-ish into a multifaceted lesson!