Before any big event, there is always a great deal of preparation. Great athletes spend a lifetime preparing for one Olympics, world championship or super bowl. Jesus knew that the time of preparation had come to a close—His real mission was about to begin. He loved the guys he had picked to establish the Church, and while they had no idea what was ahead, he did–and he knew he had some last preparation for them.
First, remind them that as leaders, they had to be committed to serving those they led. Jesus washed the disciples feet to tattoo their hearts with this very critical principle. Without them even really knowing it, he had been serving them day in and day out—Now, they would have to do the same for each other and for the church they were to establish. They were no longer to be a rock star’s entourage; instead, they were now warriors in the greatest spiritual battle of all time. In that battle, they would have to be selfless, servant leaders—willing to die for what they believed.
We too are walking into a great spiritual war. The stakes are high and the enemy is taking ground on every side. We, as his chosen, must have the hearts of servant warriors as well. We can never give up or give in to the world’s Godless culture. War is hard and there is no support outside the body of Christ. We must, therefore, serve each other and encourage each other to survive the battle. We cannot do this alone, so get your towel and basin and let’s get to washing!
God Bless You
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”