“No, you shall never wash my feet.” –Peter the Apostle
The quote above comes from the Gospel of John, chapter 13, verse 8. It was spoken during the Last Supper when Jesus suddenly stood up, wrapped a towel around his waist, took a basin of water and began washing the disciples’ feet. When he got to Peter, this was Peter’s reaction.
In answer to Peter, Jesus said, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
What was Jesus trying to convey to Peter and the rest of the disciples?
He was both servant and leader. He led with righteousness, he served with humility. He was the Son of God, yet it was not beneath him to wash the feet of his followers.
He then said to everyone, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
It was not just about washing feet. It was about having an attitude of serving one another. It is a Godly thing to do. It is the highest form of spirituality.
Being a part of Jesus is being a part of his love.
Thus, service in the name of the Lord is an indelible expression of love.