Lenten Devo 23: Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

**We were tasked with writing some devotionals alongside Ruth for the Lenten season. Our theme for these 40 days is The Lord’s Prayer. This is about the scene where Jesus washes the disciples’ feet at the Passover meal. It fell on Day 44 of this series.**

Reading: John 13:1-17

Just before the Passover festival, Jesus was eating with his disciples. In the middle of the meal he decided to get some water and a towel and wash his disciples’ feet. This was always a task given to a gentile servant; not even a Jewish servant would do this job. People in those times wore sandals and walked on dirt roads. Can you imagine what their feet would be like after a long journey? It should have been the disciples washing Jesus’ feet, not the other way around! Why do you think He did this?
In the first verse, scripture states that Jesus “loved his own… and loved them to the end.”
What does it mean to love someone “to the end”? I think it means to love completely, and therefore love enough to give up your life. Jesus knew that, after this meal, he was meant to give up his own life. So I think before he died on the cross, he wanted to demonstrate his love for his disciples in a tangible way. He humbled himself to the lowest station, and performed a servant’s task.
How can we set aside our own pride? How can we humble ourselves before others and before God?
In verse 14 Jesus tells us to go and do as he did. I don’t think he means to literally wash others’ feet (although I don’t think that’s entirely out of the question!), but rather to go and act similarly.
Setting aside our pride. Getting rid of our own agendas. Humbling ourselves. Loving completely. Loving God so much that we lay down our own lives.
I think this means something different for each one of us. What does this mean for you?
Thank you Jesus for laying down your life for us.

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