From Marlene’s Journal

Jan. 28, 2008


John 13  – Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet


After he had finished washing their feet, Jesus said to them-


(V. 13) “You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.  (V. 14) If I then your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also aught to wash one another’s feet. I have given you an example…”


As always: Jesus’ words always have a deeper, a ‘not so obvious’ message, for them (for us). A message that extends to an inner attitude; effects our mind, our heart, our spirit. “If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.”


In what ways do we act out this example of Jesus to, and for, one another? What would compare to washing one another’s feet?


For most of us today, washing the feet of another as something we seldom do. The practice of washing someone’s feet when they were guests at your house was a common and courteous service provided, as people’s feet were usually always dusty from walking everywhere they went. It was also a symbol of honoring and welcoming you. For myself, I can’t help but believe that it was quite refreshing. Today, each of us wash our feet when we bathe or shower just as we wash any other part of our bodies. So, Jesus’ example in our case, needs to have a different area of focus – a different translation.


The Holy Spirit was directing my thoughts toward ‘an attitude of being a servant.’


Being willing to do ‘the most humble and menial of tasks.’ To meet one another’s need – and show the love of Jesus by doing so: The example – the obvious – the outward.


Note: But we must guard against a subtle spirit of “pride.” We can easily be ensnared with “Oh how much I’m giving by this act of humble service to you.” We must always make sure it’s under the unction of the Holy Spirit – not done to our praise, or for man’s acknowledgement – but simply for Jesus and showing his love.