Only 5 chapters later, Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. When He washed the Disciples’ feet, He knew that He was about to be beaten, crowned with thorns, nailed to a cross, and crucified. But, He wasn’t focused on that. If it was me, I would have been so scared and worried that I wouldn’t have been able to function. Jesus, who is so holy and mighty, got down on His hands and knees and washed people’s feet – their nasty, smelly feet. Wow.
Why would Jesus even do something like this? He could have called 10,000 angels to destroy the world and set Him free while He being crucified. He is that powerful, yet right before His betrayal and death He is washing people's feet. After Jesus had washed all of their feet, He looked at them and said, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you should do as I have done to you.”
Later in that chapter, Jesus tells them that they must love one another. Love does things. To truly show Jesus' love for His disciples, He washed their feet. To truly show that we love each other, we must do things. Jesus says in John 13:34-35, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
Jesus washed the disciples’ feet to show us how to be a servant. He’s showing us that no matter what is going on in our life, no matter how troubled our hearts are, no matter how much we have going on, no matter what… we must serve. We must humble ourselves enough to the point that we are willing to wash each other’s stinky feet. If we are truly going to be like Jesus and follow in His footsteps, we might have to get a little dirty and do some not fun things, but Jesus went out of his way to wash the disciples’ feet so we must do the same. He put off his “Master Garments” and put on His “Servant Towel.”
Jesus was the good in the world, so we must also be the good in the world. Being the good in a not so good world is very difficult, but not impossible. Being the good is about stepping out on your faith in God, serving and using the service to tell others about the Best – Jesus. It doesn’t have to be huge, amazing deeds that you do. It could be just the simple, small things
This past week at Maywood, the theme was “Be the Good.” We heard so many beautiful and inspiring lessons on how to be the good in the world. By being the good, we are letting Christ’s light shine through us. In a dark world, any little light will make such a huge difference. Let your light shine by being the good in the world. Take off your garments, put on a towel. We’ve got feet to wash and Good News to spread!