Today’s teaching focuses on John 13:3-15.
It was the last supper. Jesus already knew that He was going to be crucified the next day, and He wanted to take a moment with his disciples to teach them. He got up from the supper table, removed his robe, wrapped himself in a towel, knelt down and washed their feet.
Simon Peter didn’t like that, and felt that the Lord should not be washing his feet. Jesus told him that while he didn’t understand now why He was doing it, that he would understand in the future. In verses 14-15 Jesus says:
“You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.”
Truly, is there any better example of the “Golden Rule” being set into motion? Jesus Himself washed the dirty feet of those He walked with. If He, the Son of God, is not too proud to humble Himself before others, who are we to think that we are any better than anyone else? We need to serve where we can, and we need to treat others with the grace and kindness that the Lord shows us.
I continued reading on, and the next two verses summed it up:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”
We know them. We have been told. Now, let’s go out and do them … and watch the blessings (on all sides!) flow!