It was the last supper of Jesus with his disciples, the night before his death on the cross. It was during this final moment when Jesus gave his disciples the summary and the core of all his teachings.
Jesus came to serve and not to be served. Anyone who wishes to follow Jesus should also be a servant.
In the olden days, servants were like commodities you can buy in the market for the price of a pair of sandals. The life of the servant depends completely on his master. He is owned by his master. He has no rights at all. The life of a servant is to serve his master.
Washing the master’s feet is the work of a servant. Washing feet during those days is not the same as the “foot spa” today. Today, we wear sacks and shoes. Feet are usually clean.
In the olden days, people only wear sandals as footwear. They had no vehicles, so they just walk. Roads were usually dusty. Feet are the dirtiest part of the body.
The dirty feet is the symbol of our sinful life. Jesus came to make us clean. He came to wash our sinful hearts.
Jesus showed his disciples how they should serve one another. Jesus commanded his disciples to follow his examples, they should wash one another’s feet. Anyone who wishes to follow Jesus should imitate Jesus. The slave cannot be greater than his Master.
To wash a person’s feet, youneed to kneel and to bow down. To be a servant is to bow down down. To be a servant is to be humble.
Humility & Obedience are the qualities of a good servant. Without humility, obedience will be very difficult. A proud person thinks highly of himself. He will always question the authority. To be a servant requires total trust and obedience to your master.
Story of Humility & Obedience Naaman, the Leprous General [2 King 5:1-15] Peter had a big catch [Luke 5:1-11]
We are leaders in our community. The Lord is calling us to become servants.
For Reflection: What does “washing of the feet” mean to me concretely in my Ministry? Whose feet am I supposed to wash?