John 13: Humbling Ourselves
John 13 really draws out the humility of Jesus Christ.
Joh 13:4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
Joh 13:5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
Jesus did what the servant would normally do. In an age and location where sandals were the preferred footwear, it is obvious that people would need this kind of washing. However, Jesus, the master, did what would be performed by the servant.
Later on in the passage, and Jesus expands on that point.
Joh 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
Joh 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Joh 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
Joh 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
Humility was to become a hallmark of the Christian community. If Jesus, the undisputed master, was willing to do this for His disciples, how much more should the disciples be willing to serve each other or by extension other Christians as a community of peers?
Of course, pride is a powerful thing. We don’t like to lower ourselves before other people, but that is what we are called to do. Jesus demonstrated that, and we ought to do that for each other. I know that foot washing is not nearly as popular now as it was in Jesus’ time, but that we need to take away here is definitely the lesson and apply it in our everyday lives.