Rhythms of Grace – Weekly Devotional

John 13:1-5 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

Like yesterday, we see another significant event happening over a meal. If you haven’t yet discovered it, mealtimes with friends and loved ones offer great opportunities for ministry. This was His last meal with His disciples and John says, “He loved them to the end.” One of His last acts of love was an act of service. Jesus knew the time was near for His betrayal, arrest and crucifixion and He models servant leadership for His followers, knowing that He wanted them to live a life of serving others after He departed. This was a dirty, humbling job and it is clear that the disciples were shocked. Peter even protests, until Jesus makes it clear that receiving a blessing is as important as giving one. He even washed the feet of Judas, the one He knew was about to hand Him over to the Jews. Jesus’ love knew no bounds.

So many times we want to turn our backs on the betrayers but as those in care of Gods loved ones, we are to love to the end.

Whose feet are we washing?