Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 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.
There were many vivid pictures painted in the minds of the disciples, during the week of our Lord’s passion. There was the image of Mary breaking the alabaster box, and anointing Jesus with the expensive ointment. Then, there was the unforgettable passover meal, the incredible visual of the broken body and the shed blood of Jesus. And finally, there was this scene, how could these men ever forget the night Jesus dressed as a servant and washed their feet, this portrait was painted on the canvas of their souls for the rest of their lives. Mathew Henry says that it was actually a portrayal of the life of Jesus, Listen to his powerful words.
“Many interpreters consider Christ’s washing his disciples’ feet as a representation of his whole undertaking. He knew that he was equal with God, and all things were his; and yet he rose from his table in glory, laid aside his robes of light, girded himself with our nature, took upon him the form of a servant, came not to be ministered to, but to minister, poured out his blood, poured out his soul unto death, and thereby prepared a laver to wash us from our sins.”
This night was a picture of why Christ came. He stripped Himself of His heavenly garments and became one of us. All of us were without hope and without God and He came to our rescue, He became our heavenly high priest, the representative of the human race before the Father, this is the portrait being painted on the disciples’ hearts that night. Jesus did not come to be served, after all, what can I offer Him? He came as a servant, to minister to all that will humble themselves and receive His love. This week, as we remember the suffering of our Lord, let Him wash your feet. Like Peter, you might feel uncomfortable, but this is why He came, to seek and to save that which is lost.