“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.”
One often wonders why the practice of washing feet is not seen much in churches anymore? Jesus did say to His disciples after all, ‘since I have washed your feet, you ought to do the same’. What we see Jesus do here in this passage is completely the opposite of what the King of Kings should be doing. He shouldn’t be stooping down to wash the disciples feet. It should be the other way right? It should be the disciples washing their Master’s feet. Yet this action, completely epitomised who Jesus was and what He came to do. Yes He was the King of Kings, but He came and humbled Himself, for our sake, lower than a servant, to take our place. In fact, the feet washing process was only done by a servant when their masters came home so they would not bring the dust of the road and streets into the home. Yet Jesus took on this role to show a greater meaning to His disciples.
“The Son of God came, not as a proud master who demanded service from others, but as a humble servant who delighted in helping others. In stooping down to do the most menial of jobs (washing His disciples’ feet). Jesus showed them that true leaders serve their followers.”1 Jesus is a leader, who first, wants to serve His followers. He came to show us His love before we could truly love Him. He came to die for us first before we could accept His salvation. And because of His actions, we are saved and commanded to do likewise; to love others first and to lay down our needs for the sake of others. Perhaps it is time to wash your brother’s and sister’s feet.
1Every Man’s Bible Commentary (NLT) pg 1414