Our verse for today comes from John 13:5, ” After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
After that. Scripture says that after that, Jesus poured water into a basin and washed the disciples’ feet. After what? Clearly, it was after He rose from supper, laid aside His garments, and wrapped Himself with a towel. But much was going on as Jesus began this menial task of serving His servants. Had He had any appetite as He took His last meal? When He removed His garments, did He also take off His tunic, exposing the back that would soon thereafter be brutally scourged to a bloody mess by Roman soldiers? When He bent before them, did they notice the scalp that would suffer the piercing stabs of a thorny crown? Yes, much was going on that night. And much continued on in the mind of Jesus even as He illustrated the humility His disciples would carry on as they spread His gospel message. Jesus entered that upper room knowing the hour had come for His departure, and He still knew that precious few minutes remained before He would hang from a cross. Jesus loved them fully as they sat to eat, and He continued in that love as He washed their feet. Judas had already collected his thirty pieces of silver, the common price for a slave that bought for the chief priests the life of their enemy, and Jesus may have stared at the pouch of coins as He cleansed the feet of His betrayer. Jesus knew that what He had poured into Judas had not washed his soul clean as the water had done for his feet.
So it was after that, during that, and before that which was operating in the mind of our Savior that night. He carried within Him complete assurance of who He was and where He must go. But He also knew the immeasurable agony that awaited Him before He returned to glory. But here, in this moment, He laid aside much more than His garments, took on far less than a towel, and washed the dirt off of these men’s feet. In the midst of it all, He did what needed to be done. He is a Savior, and that is what a Savior does. Worthy of all praise and honor is He.
As we seek Him today, let the moment you are in be where you experience Jesus. Do what is needed and worship the risen Lord.
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