This past week I was caring for an elderly women. I offered to give her a pedicure to not only wash her feet but lift her spirits. I washed her feet and painted her toe nails. We had a good old time. While chatting and painting her toes I was reminded of the passage of scripture where Jesus washed his disciples feet.
“The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 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!” Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes 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. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” John 13:2-17
I read the elderly lady this passage of scripture. She looked at me and said “I have washed my children’s feet but I cannot go out on the street corners to wash others feet anymore.” She was correct. She has washed her children’s feet just as Jesus commanded his followers to do. And now her children have the opportunity to wash peoples feet on street corners. And as for me I had the privilege to wash her feet and be reminded of how Jesus has washed mine. We have peace in Christ our Lord. Amen.
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