Your Mom probably was the first ever to wash your feet. It was something that was your
job as you grew older, and no one else had that duty unless you had been in an accident or were too sick to wash yourself.
But I’m going to talk about a King who would have washed your feet if He had been around when circumstances
warranted it. Can you imagine! I’m talking about Jesus Christ. At His final meeting, His "Last Supper" with
all His Apostles, He gave them a new commandment; "That ye love one another" (John 13:34).
Then He demonstrated what He meant, by washing the feet of Judas, the man who would betray Him within a few
hours, and washed the feet of one of His closest friends, Peter, who would deny Him three times during the trial that lead
to His death. This, knowing that those things were going to happen.
said, "Greater love hath no man, than he lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). But I personally paraphrase
that to, "Greater love hath no man that a man lay down his life for his enemies!" That’s exactly what Jesus
did, to show that love has no bounds.
I’ve experienced washing someone
else’s feet twice in my lifetime; both to persons I admired. But Christ went much further. We should be willing to do
the same. Of course times are different now…few of us live like those in Jesus’ land, where even the streets
and sidewalks were of sand. In those days it was customary that when a person came into your home, there was water and towel
for you, or possibly a servant of that house, to wash the sand off you feet as you came in. Today, Christ wants us to love
others enough to go out of our way to help when it’s needed.
said, "And now abideth faith, hope, charity; these three; but the greatest of these is charity." And the word "charity"
is another word for "love." Greater even than "faith" and "hope!" Pray with me for it.