Jesus washes the disciples feet
Why did Jesus wash the feet of the disciples at the beginning of his last Passover? What is the profound meaning of performing a footwashing service during the yearly commemoration of Jesus' death? Who absolutely REFUSED to have Jesus wash their feet before his last meal on earth?
In the 13th chapter of John we find Jesus performing a simple act of washing with his disciples during his last few hours on earth. It reveals not only his true character but the character he wants ALL believers to develope. Jesus' act of humility teaches so much and is so critical to the life of a Christian that he commands all those who follow him to do the same.
Interestingly, John is the only one of the four gospel writers to record Jesus humbly washing the feet of his disciples during Passover. John, the last gospel writer, may have wanted to include information Matthew, Mark and Luke left out.
What is known as the "footwashing ceremony," found in John 13, offers us a glimpse of Jesus' character. Just like Jesus, Christians should perform this humble act during the yearly Passover service.
How did Jesus serve?
At the very beginning of his last Passover Jesus performs a simple task with a profound meaning.
What a humble action our Savior performed! The custom at the time was that it was left to the lowliest servant to perform the disliked duty of washing the dirty, filthy feet of strangers or travellers before they entered a house.
Jesus also makes it very plain that he did not expect from his special called-out ones (or us, by extension) something he himself did not do. This is the mark of a true spiritual leader.