This past Sunday the message in church was on John 13 and the significance of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples. Showing the “full extent of His love” (verse 1), Jesus set an example in humility and service and then instructed His disciples to do the same.
Be like Jesus.
I’ve heard this passage taught before and have read this part of scripture many, many times, but as we left church that morning it dawned on me that Christ washed Judas‘ feet as well. I mean I guess I always knew that, but never thought about it, the full understanding of it never struck a chord or stood out to me before. That Jesus actually washed the feet of the one who would betray Him and He did it knowing all the while what Judas was about to do.
WOA! My mind was going like a freight train. “But He knew. He KNEW what Judas would do. Judas was His enemy. Jesus was BETTER than Judas.”
Let’s apply what Jesus did to real life for a second – the “do as I have done” part (verse 15):
- Wash the feet of the person who cut you off on the road this morning.
- Wash the feet of the person who stabbed you in the back.
- Wash the feet of the person who robbed your home.
- Wash the feet of the person who screwed you in that business deal.
- Wash the feet of the person who slept with your spouse and helped destroyed your family.
- Wash the feet of the person who betrayed you in a garden with a gentle kiss that ultimately led to your death.
BIG moment of conviction here as the thought, “Nope, I could NEVER!” pops in my head while I think of those who have wronged me the most. Those who haven’t done much compared to betraying the Savior of the world in such a polite manner.
“But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you? Even the tax collectors do that! And if you speak only to your friends, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Even the pagans do that!” Jesus, Matthew 5:46-47 GNT
I need much more work done in this heart of mine. Lord please help me to give this pride to You and love my enemies the way You love Yours. Help me to be like You.