More on this remarkable foot washing episode…
Jesus washed the grungy feet of his followers during dinner to show the full extent of his love! (By the way, this "dinner" is so much more than what we’ve come to "remember". We think of the Lord’s Supper as only some cut-up bread sqaures and little tiny cups of grape juice- It was actually a full-on Passover FEAST!- Anyways… that’s another post.) John shares the story of the evening with us by introducing it this way:
"It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave the world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. The evening meal was being served…" (John 13:1-2)
Let me get this straight. How does Jesus display the "full extent" of Jesus’ love for his followers? By washing their feet during dinner. Are you serious? He washes other people’s feet during a meal? Yep. He puts his hands on other people’s bare crusty feet as the meal was being served.
Maybe one of the disciples had a big foot odor and it made eating without gagging impossible. And maybe rather than embarrasing that one stinker, Jesus decided to wash everyone. Maybe. More likely however is that Jesus washes their feet in order to show them the full extent of his love. God SO LOVES the world that he GAVE his one and only Son. But before we can share a meal with him fully, we need to be cleaned up. God loves us so much that he doesn’t want us to have the residue of decay and grime messing with us any longer. It’s time for us to be cared for and cleaned up! So Jesus must wash us… we need him to. We’ve got to accept who he is and what he does. Jesus, the Greatest One, serves us, the Least. Jesus becomes the Least One, so that we may be made great. And if we reject that, we reject him. He is our Servant King, Love. To deny that is to be too proud to accept him. Amazing. I am in awe again.