Let’s read John 13:1-17
1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
Pastor Ben’s Commentary
This true telling of Jesus washing the disciples feet happens in the upper room on the night before Jesus was taken to be crucified.
v.1-3- speak of Jesus’ full understanding of who He was and what He had come to do. At that moment, Jesus understood that He had full authority and power to do what God had called Him to do.
v.4-5 speaks of Jesus washing the disciples feet. This was a service that was desireable because of the dusty condition of the roads and paths that people would walk on, but because of the filthiness of the task it was always reserved for slaves.
v.6-11- Peter wants to refuse Jesus from washing Him. Jesus says you must allow me or your not part of me.
v.12-17- Jesus helps these men understand that if He has served them in this incredible way, then they ought to serve each other.
1. We ought to serve each other!
In the church there is no place for a hierarchy that has one group of people always being served by another group of people because the privileged group is in leadership. Everyone must serve. Everyone must be served. Our motivation is to glorify God in our service.
2. Your service, like Jesus, will be viewed as an example.
Everything we do tells everyone who sees us what we believe, and value. When you serve others, you tell people that they are important and valued. When I serve my wife, she knows I love her. When I serve at my church, I tell my neighbors that there is something that I believe. Most importantly, when I obey God in serving others, I’m telling Him that I love Him and want to be obedient to His will.
Do you have a servant attitude? Are you quick to serve others? Who and where are you serving?