“When Jesus had washed their feet and put on His robe, He reclined again and said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you? You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am. So if I, 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 also should do just as I have done for you.”
So after waahing the feet of His disciples, a job normally reserved for a household slave, Jesus redresses and sits down @ His proper place @ the dinner table with His disciples. (Since they often sat on mats, but always on the floor – not in chairs like we do. Diners in the 1st century often “reclined”, leaning back on an elbow while they ate.)
Now seated, Jesus explains the lesson. He asks, “Do you know what I have done for you?” He wants the disciples to pay attention–to learn from what He’s done. He continues, “You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I Am.” Jesus affirms His position among them–He’s their teacher. By Him they learn. Its His example that they follow. But He’s also their Lord-their Boss! He makes this point IN CONTRAST to the servently act that He’s just performed of washing their feet. He makes sure that they realize that they are not entitled to this treatment!
He continues, driving home His point, “so if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” THIS WAS THE POINT TO JESUS’ OBJECT LESSON: I’m in charge, yet I’m serving you! If I do this for you, shouldn’t you do the same for each other? Jesus’ expectation was that they would assume the role of “servant” to each other, which they did! Through out the New Testament we find then serving one another!
So what about us? In an age whr everyone pecks & claws to get to the top, this principle is anti-cultural, yet Jesus expects us to love and serve one another!
Big challenge: find a way to serve someone, in Jesus’ Name today!
Thk about it!