It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” When he had finished washing their feet, he and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 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. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He. I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” – John 13:1-20
In Old Testament days washing of the feet was the first act upon entering the tent or house after a journey. In houses of ordinary people each person would wash their own feet with the water provided by the host. However, in the house of richer people, the washing was done by a slave. It was looked upon as the lowliest of all services. Jesus act of humility actually cleansed their hearts of selfish ambition, killed their pride, and taught them the lesson of love. Feet washing symbolizes humility and service.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, Thank You for washing my feet and (all of us, our feet). Teach me how to wash other people’s feet by serving in Your name and with Your grace. Amen.
The Last Supper
The day of Unleavened Bread is when the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus instructed Peter and John to make preparations for the Passover at a guest room and a man would show them a large upper room, all furnished. (Luke 22:7-12).
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” – Luke 22: 14:20.
Prayer: Thank You Jesus for eagerly desiring to be our Passover lamb and suffer for us to die for our sins at the Cross and shed Your precious blood for us to make payment for our sins. This is real love. You gave Your all for us. I thank You and praise You for being a wonderful Savior and Friend. Thank You because, “It is Finished.” (John 19:30). There is nothing we can do to earn the gift of eternal life and heaven as You paid for it all completely when You died on the Cross and God raised You on the third day from the grave. You resurrected from the dead! As the angels told the women in the empty tomb, “He is not here; for He is risen as He said. Come see the place where the Lord lay.” (Matthew 28:6). You are alive and live forevermore! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! Amen.
Happy Resurrection Easter Sunday!