This Lenten season we walk with Jesus to Jerusalem where He will suffer, die, and rise again. We stop at places along the way for prayerful reflection.
It is Jesus’s last supper with His disciples before His suffering and death. His hour has come.
Jesus gets up from supper. He lays aside His outer garment. He wraps a towel around His waist.
He puts some water in a bowl. He begins to wash His disciples’ feet.
He is the Teacher and the Lord. He should be served by them. Yet, He takes the form of a servant and serves them; He serves you.
This is the heart and soul of Christianity. The Creator and Lord of all
Jesus comes to Peter. Peter questions what Jesus is doing. “You do not understand this now,” says Jesus, “but you will understand later.”
Now Peter protests adamantly: “You will never wash my feet.”
Oh, proud Peter.
Jesus responds to him: “Peter. If I do not wash your feet, if you do not accept my service of you, you have no part with me.”
Now Peter is frightened: “Wash not only my
Jesus says to him, “Washing your feet is enough for now.”
What is Jesus doing?
He is demonstrating that we must first be served by the Teacher and Lord, by Him.
There is an uncleanness that we ourselves cannot get rid of, not by anything we could possibly do. It is not dirt on the feet, but the corruption of sin.
Because of this corruption, we are not clean before God the Father. To be clean, we must be served by the Son, the Teacher
To cleanse us, Jesus sheds His holy precious blood in His bitter sufferings and death. His hour has come. He turns away God’s just wrath against us.
Jesus’s service does not only cleanse, however,
He inspires us to care for one another, to be humble and kind with one another, having the Gospel of reconciliation in our hearts and on our lips.
To inspire us, He gives us a wonderful legacy. He took bread. Gave thanks. Gave it to them. Eat, He says. This is my body given for you.
He took the cup, full of Passover wine. He gave thanks. He gave it to them. Drink, He says. This is my blood of the new testament in my blood, poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins.
This is His legacy, His promise to you. It is as if He says to you: “My hour has come. My body is the sacrifice for all sins. In my
Spending time with Jesus at the last supper, we give thanks to God for Christ’s service and legacy, and the inspiration of His love. May He continue to inspire His love in you always. Christ’s blessing and peace be with you all.