“Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.”
It becomes increasingly apparent that the Apostle John, writer of the Gospel of John, wants to make sure that his readers know that all that was about to happen to Jesus–His arrest, His trial, His excecution on the cross–all of it, was according to God’s plan and NOT something imposed upon Him. In vs 3, he repeats that “Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything”. In chapter 12, Jesus had made it clear that He and the Father were One (in Their essance, will, mission and intent), and had previously said, “No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” (John 10:18)
Jesus was not a victim of the relugious leaders or the Roman soldiers and God had not fallen off His throne the day Jesus began to suffer for our sins–They (Jesus and God the Father PLANNED IT THIS WAY) Jesus knew all about what was about to go down!
KNOWING ALL OF THESE THINGS, “he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet…”
WOW! What a difference it makes, knowing that Jesus was fully in control when He CHOSE to kneel down and serve His own follows by doing the menial and humble task of washing their feet the way a servant or slave would!
Paul totally had it right when he wrote that Jesus “gave up his divine privileges… took the humble position of a slave …”
This gives John 3:16 a whole new meaning when it says, “this is how God loved the world…” CHOSE to serve like Jesus dida
Think about it!