The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of September 3-9, 2017, is John 13:3-15. This was Jesus’ final night with His disciples before He was to by handed over and executed. Even then, He still had lessons to teach His disciples.
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him,“The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.”For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. (John 13:3-15, ESV)
What chore do you absolutely despise doing? Cleaning the toilet? Bathing the dog? Washing dishes? Pick your own! Now, would you perform this task for the man who you knew was going to lead to your death in a few hours? Cleaning the feet of guests was a task given to a low-ranking servant. Feet were sweaty, stinky, and caked in dirt and dust from walking. Much like the chore you despise, it was not a task anyone normally wanted to perform. But Jesus did. He wanted to wash the feet of His disciples. Through this act, Jesus showed His love for the disciples and set the example they were to follow when He had returned to heaven. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s verse, ask yourself how can you follow the example set by Jesus? What actions are you going to take this week to follow Jesus’ example?