When Jesus told the disciples to feed the throng of five thousand hungry people, Philip had retorted, “It’s impossible!” (see John 6:7). So what does Jesus do with someone who questions His commands?
Apparently He washes the doubter’s feet.
In the Upper Room there was no servant. Pitcher of water? Yes. Basin and towel? In the corner on the table. But no one touched them. No one stirred. Each disciple hoped someone else would reach for the basin. Peter thought John would. John thought Andrew would. Each apostle assumed someone else would wash their feet.
And Someone did.
Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which Thou hast done, and Thy thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with Thee; If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count.
Psalm 40:5 NASB
He paid the ransom for His people, He ordered His Covenant kept forever. He’s so personal and holy, worthy of our respect. The good life begins in the fear of God – Do that and you’ll know the blessing of God. His Hallelujah lasts forever!
Psalm 111:9-10 The Message
Jesus touched the stinky, ugly parts of His disciples. Knowing He came from God. Knowing He was going to God. Knowing He could arch an eyebrow or clear His throat, and every angel in the universe would snap to attention. Knowing that all authority was His, He exchanged His robe for the servant’s wrap, lowered Himself to knee level, and began to rub away the grime, the grit, and the grunge their feet had collected on the journey.
If you do not transform your pain, you will surely transmit it. – Richard Rohr
Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32 NLT