John 13:1-17

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”  Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”  (John 13:6-7)

Though we are often as prone to pride as Peter, we do not like the idea of  Jesus serving us. 

I can’t really blame Peter.  It’s humbling to have anyone wash your dirty feet, let alone Jesus. 

But that is what Jesus intended to do. 

“For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

It was a simple act of kneeling on a dirt floor and taking in His well-worn hands the feet of every man who had walked so many miles with Him. 

It was the most incomprehensible pain and suffering, enduring the wrath of God and our punishment.

He intended to demonstrate what a life poured-out looked like.

He did it so that we might follow in His footsteps.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!  ( Philippians 2:5-8 )

“Do you understand what I have done for you? … I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”  (John 13:12,15)