Holy Week is a time of repentance and guilt until we are set free Easter Sunday. As for now, let’s focus on selflessness. Have you ever heard of a king who washes his followers feet besides Jesus? Before the Feast of Passover, Jesus took the time to wash his disciples feet individually, even when he knew one of them would abandon him. He dives on into the meaning of humbleness in John 13: 12-17. Take a look at this story.
12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. (John 13: 12-17 )
Would you ever wash the feet of a homeless person? I don’t think I would. I’m not saying you should either. The Lord tells us in this passage that you are no better than any other person on this earth no matter who they are. That’s some powerful stuff right there.
Jesus tells his disciples that he has given them an example, an example on how to live. He tells them “you also should do just as I have done to you”. What has Jesus done for you? The list of gifts Jesus has given us goes on and on. Now, would you do any of that for someone who betrays you?
Although he knew that Peter would forsake him, Jesus continues to wash his feet. Throughout our life, each one of us forsakes Jesus. Even though we love Him, we neglect His example of putting others before ourselves. It’s easy for us humans to think highly of ourselves. Whenever you get a good grade or play well in a game, it’s hard not to think you are better than the person who didn’t. However, we must remember not to use our strengths to make others look weak, but use them to glorify God.
Another thing to keep in mind is just because someone doesn’t follow the Law of the Lord doesn’t mean they are less than you. A way to respond to their actions is by leading by the example of Christ. It’s not possible for us to follow The Law all of the time. That is why Jesus died for us. Remember today that Jesus humbled himself by dying for us. He gave everything He had to make sure that we are saved.
As we are getting closer to Good Friday, lets try to serve one another as Christ has served you. No, you don’t have to wash your friend’s feet, but do something that glorifies the Lord. Get the mail for your old next door neighbor. Give a smile to someone who hasn’t always been kind to you. Jesus served us knowing we’d betray him. The least we can do is serve one another.
Ephesians 6:5-7: “Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of pleasing men, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men”