Lent 2009 (11) – The way Jesus did it

Jesus, well aware that the Father had entrusted everything to him, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from the table, laid aside his garments, and taking a towel, tied it round him. Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash his disciples’ feet and to wipe them with a towel. John 13:3-5

Jesus knew that there was a competitive spirit in the hearts of his disciples. In fact within a few minutes of this feet washing taking place, they were arguing about which of them was the greatest. By washing their feet in this way he gave them an amazing lesson in humility and he also, through his actions, rebuked their selfishness and their pride.

The Father had entrusted his Son with so much and yet he took up a towel and basin! This humility did not come out of poverty and inadequacy but out of riches and supremacy. He was rich but he became poor as he served his disciples in humility and love. This humility and love is now the essence of care in his community, the church.

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