Jesus Washes Our Feet
Jesus washing the feet of the disciples (John 13:1–17) occurred in the upper room, just prior to the Last Supper and has significance in three ways. For Jesus, it was the display of His humility and His servanthood. For the disciples, the washing of their feet was in direct contrast to their heart attitudes at that time. I see washing the feet as a representation of our role in the body of Christ.
When Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, He told them, “I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15). As His followers, we are to emulate Him, serving one another in lowliness of heart and mind, seeking to build one another up in humility and love. His kingdom is attained by those with a servant’s heart (Mark 9:35;10:44). When we have that servant’s heart, the Lord promises, we will be greatly blessed (John 13:17).
Jesus came “not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The humility expressed by His act with towel and basin foreshadowed His ultimate act of humility and love on the cross.