“Now Jesus was deeply troubled, and He exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray Me!””
Yesterday we looked at the wonderful passage of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet. It was a fantastic example of complete and utter humility; The ‘Lord’ and ‘Teacher’ washing the feet of His disciples. Yet if we are to read just a few more verses on, we find the most astounding fact, that reveals more of who Jesus was and His character.
Would it astound you to know that Judas, the disciple that betrayed Jesus, was present at that ‘Last Supper’. Probably not, because He was a disciple after all, right? Well, would it surprise you that Jesus knew Judas would betray Him, yet still humbly washed His feet. Yes, Jesus also washed the feet of the one who would betray Him just a few hours later. Isn’t this just a mind-boggling fact. It is one thing to find out after washing Judas’ feet that he was Jesus’ betrayer, but Jesus knew before Judas actually betrayed Him that he would. If this is so, then Jesus’ washing of the feet takes on an even greater significance and highlights even more so, the loving and gracious character of God in Jesus.
Even to this day, Jesus continues to shower His love on all of humanity, even the ones He knows will betray Him, or not even believe in Him. Jesus even knew that the great Apostle Peter would deny Him too, yet that didn’t stop Him stooping down to wash His feet. This tells us that Jesus’ character never gives up on us. He knows we will make mistakes but yet He still ‘washes our feet’. He knows our actions will deny Him, yet He still chooses to call us His own. Our choice is whether we come back to Him and accept His grace like Peter, or let the regret of our mistakes lead us to death like Judas. Both had the same choice, to simply accept Jesus’ love and forgiveness.