Jesus Washes Feet
I’ve seen the Lord. (John 20:18)
Foot-washing in the ancient Mediterranean world had a function of personal hygiene and hospitality. Since footwear consisted of sandals, a person’s feet would become dirty from walking outside. A host offered water so that the guests could wash their feet when they came inside or have them washed by a servant. When Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, he was combining the roles of servant and host. Through this act of hospitality and service, Jesus expressed his love for the disciples and set an example of acting in humility and service.
When Peter voiced his discomfort with Jesus’ actions, he was likely giving voice to the surprise all of the disciples felt. It was not proper for one’s teacher to wash one’s feet. By insisting that Peter must let him wash Peter’s feet, Jesus was reminding Peter to accept the love and hospitality Jesus was extending to him. Letting Jesus wash his feet was not simply about having clean feet but also about Peter’s willingness to receive Jesus’ gesture of love and hospitality. This same love is extended to each of us; and, like Peter, we must choose whether to accept it. When we choose to follow Jesus, we agree to follow his example of serving others.
Encourage children to find a space at home to set up a worship center. Encourage children and to find ways to live out their faith throughout the week, not just on Sunday mornings.
• I can love and serve others.
• Serving people is a way to share God’s love with them.
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