The first time we let Graham play in the rain, he embarked on the yard with an explorer's zeal. He splashed in puddles, tasted the dirty water and of course, stomped through the mud. You can imagine the state of his feet and clothes when he was finished.
In John 13:14-15, Jesus says, "And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.”
In Bible times, the dusty and dirty conditions of the region and the wearing of sandals necessitated foot-washing. Although the disciples most likely would have been happy to wash Jesus' feet, they could not conceive of washing each other's feet. In this passage, Jesus demonstrates His willingness to unconditionally serve and love us by washing the feet of His followers. He also asks that we humble ourselves and follow His example. When we wash someone’s feet, we take on the position of the lowest servant. To do it properly requires humility— the setting aside of all pride. Jesus humbled Himself when He came to Earth as a man, and continued to demonstrate that humility until His death on the cross.
Next week, you’ll have the opportunity to join us for a communion and foot-washing service. We’ll follow His example as we take the lowly position and wash the feet of our brothers and sisters. Through this symbolic act of service, we honor Jesus’ sacrifice for our salvation.
Sam Brown is a founding plant team member at The Table. For the past 5 years she has served on our Leadership Team and oversees all communications aspects as a member on our staff.