Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God ... John 13:3.
It was just before the Passover.
The day when all Israel commemorated God’s rescue from Egypt. Thousands, if not, tens of thousands, of Jews would come to Jerusalem to remember God’s act of salvation. Jesus was there also. With his disciples. In the upper room.
As they were eating together, John would describe the scene in his Gospel, drawing our attention to two things. The first is found in the statement,
“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God.”
Before we even get to the washing of the disciple’s feet we realize that Jesus knew. He understood. He was aware. He knew exactly what was unfolding. Because it was the expression of his heart.
He knew that it was the nature of God to love. To humble himself. Even to the point of becoming a servant to another.
What is most astonishing about what Jesus knew is that he also was fully aware that God had put “all things” under his power. Therefore, what makes his act of service so incredible is that he knew that this is how he must act. Why? Because he was God, and it is the very nature of God to love, even to the point of becoming a servant to another.
The second aspect that John draws our attention to is the foot washing (John 13:4-5). While it is only two verses in our Bibles, the fact of the matter is that John slows down the action for a moment to bring our imagination into the scene.
See if you can imagine yourself there with the disciples. Maybe you’re even the one that he approaches …
God. The incarnate One. God with us. Jesus.
The One who has all things under his power.
Humbles himself. Becomes a servant.
Because that his who he is. It’s his nature.
It’s the nature of love. It’s the nature of sacrifice.
It’s the nature of the cross. The way of Jesus.
He gets up from the table. Takes off his outer garment and wraps a towel around his waist. Then slowly he pours water into a basin. The room is silent.
“Is he really going to do what we think he’s going to do?” the disciples wonder.
And then he begins. One by one, he washes their feet.
This is the reality of God.
Becoming one of us. To serve us.
To reveal his true nature.
Because you and I matter.
Because that is His nature.
Is it possible that he also comes to you?
Is it possible that the divine One who loves, forgives, releases … is now before you to offer his cleansing?
If so, how will you respond?
(You can read this story of Jesus washing the disciples feet in John 13:1-17).