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? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 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. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”
by: Jasmine Lynch.
Three key points can be found in this text:1) We must treat each other the way Jesus treated His disciples (v.14); 2) Leaders are not greater than their followers (v.16); 3) When we are hospitable to God’s servant, we receive the Son and the Father. Many of us miss the main points and focus on Jesus washing the disciples’ feet—making it an absolute. We fail to recognize the that Jesus was communicating the importance of humbling oneself and loving each other to the point of serving each other. How have you served a church brother or sister lately?