“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”John 13:14-15
I grew up in a church that observed religious holidays like Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas. But I was unaware of the significance and sacredness of other holy days observed by other traditions of faith. More recently, Maundy Thursday became meaningful to me when I participated in a service of remembrance of that important event. Families sat on mats on the floor and ate a meal of roasted lamb with bitter herbs while Scripture was read. When the verses about foot washing were read, the pastor led us into that experience as well. There was a fitting sense of community and intimacy.
Now on Maundy Thursday, John 13 has become part of my Easter preparation. Just imagine the scene: It is the night before Passover. Jesus is gathered with those dear to Him to share an evening meal and impart His love. Taking the place of a servant, He begins to wash their feet, even the feet of Judas who has already decided to betray Him.
The power of Christ enables us to choose humility, finding ways to demonstrate His love to anyone.
C.S. Lewis said the truly humble man “will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all” (Mere Christianity, 1952).
Bible In A Year
- Joshua 5-6
- Psalm 99
- Acts 23