Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet13Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God,4got up from the table,* took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’7Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’8Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’9Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’10Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet,* but is entirely clean. And you* are clean, though not all of you.’11For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’
12 After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you?13You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am.14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.16Very truly, I tell you, servants* are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them.17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
Thoughts: Here we have the last night of Jesus' earthly life and John decides to highlight the foot washing over the meal. Indeed, as we have seen John has talked about the meal at length in his discourse about 'eating Jesus' flesh and drinking his blood,' but for this night he highlights the fact that Jesus once again showed the servants heart. Certainly there is some baptismal connection here as well; but mainly Jesus is showing us that his followers, like himself, are called to do feet! Our mark is servanthood. Many Christians don't like this, they think our mark is to be power or greatness, it is not so. We are called to do feet!
Questions: Do you have a servants heart? Can you see in your neighbor the face of Christ?