Day 17

Servant of All

from the John reading plan

John 13:1-38, Mark 9:35, Romans 3:21-26, Psalm 31:9-10

In biblical times when you came into someone’s house, you would need to wash your feet. This task was typically performed by a servant who would stand at the door, washing the feet of his master’s guests as a gesture of hospitality.

Why is that information relevant? Because in John 13, Jesus does something radical. The Son of God in the flesh takes off His outer garments and kneels at the feet of His disciples so that He can wash their feet.

Jesus was showing the disciples that He is the servant of all. No matter the dirt and possible excrement on the feet of His disciples, Jesus washed them. Likewise, there is no sin so dirty in us that God cannot wash it away.

If Jesus is more than willing to stoop low to cleanse us, why do so many of us reject His humility and service on our behalf? John 13:8 gives us the answer to that question: “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.’” Peter could not imagine Jesus stooping so low.

Like Peter, we struggle to believe that we need Jesus to cleanse us. We think our cleansing is not the responsibility of the Son of God. Many of us accept the lie that our sin is too great for God to tolerate, so the cleansing of that sin becomes our responsibility. But that is not the gospel.

The good news of the gospel is that the nail-pierced hands of Jesus cleanse any and all sin away. This washing happens as a gift of grace to all who need to be made clean. In order for us to enter God the Father’s house after this long journey we call life, Jesus, the servant of all, comes to earth to wash the feet of His Father’s guests so that we might dine at His table.

It’s an open invitation. Are you coming?

Written By Jevon Washington


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9 thoughts on "Servant of All"

  1. Ken Fuller says:

    Jesus was/is a propitiation for mankind. He turned away the wrath of God from us by the offering of Himself if we would have faith in His sacrifice or blood (Rm 3:25). Here is the Master of the Universe bowing before the in the act of a servant and washing their feet – cleansing them of common filth from their travels in order to sit am ear with them. As we seek fellowship with Christ today, we must be willing to let him be our propitiation and cleanse us – we must be willing to open our lives and cleanse others as she has. This is grace!!!

  2. Justin Rigdon says:

    The washing of the feet often troubles me, not that Jesus did it, but I often feel that my feet are too dirty for Jesus to wash. I always feel like I need to do a rinse off before I let Jesus wash them. In my heart I know that Jesus can cleanse all, but my mind tells me that my sin is too great and I must work harder to clean the sin before God can do anything.

    I am a growing man of God and love readings like today’s that allow me to renew in my mind what my heart already knew. I could never clean my own sin enough to be ready for God, I must let him do it for me.

  3. Phil says:

    38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!

    Integrity. Webster’s dictionary defines it as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” And “internal consistency or lack of corruption.” Integrity is being above reproach at all times; doing what is right even when no one is looking. It is one word, that encompass everything in life; and if applied, can help guide you to be more Christlike each day.

    “22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” James 1:22-25

    It is often easy to do and say what is right when things are going smooth; but a man’s true character can be clearly seen in how he acts under pressure and in a stressful environment. I have seen many a “good” leader’s character falter and crack under severe pressure and stress during my time serving in the Marine Corps; but if we strive to keep integrity at the pinnacle of our moral compass then we will always be above reproach.

    Peter loved God, but then under the pressure of those who questioned him that night, he allowed fear and the unknown to compromise his integrity. Integrity is the only thing in life that no one can take from you; rather, it is the only thing you must personally choose to give up. But once you do, it opens up the flood gates for sin and moral misjudgment to flow. No matter how small something might be perceived to look in your eyes; do what is right. Because all it takes is one slip, and for people who do not know you, if they see you slip once, they will question every part of your character, and rightfully so. Don’t allow your integrity, your values, your character to be questioned or compromised; be above reproach.

    Lord, not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!

  4. Brandon says:

    What do I do now that my feet are clean?

  5. Brian Rants says:

    It feels humiliating to let Jesus serve me in such an intimate way. I have to accept who I am: a sinner….and who He is…God of galaxies washing my feet as a servant. I let go of my pride. Jesus my feet are filthy. Wash me.

  6. Luke Blackburn says:

    Jesus was a perfect illustration of a Godly life. Being both divine and human, He saw it fit to reveal to us the mysteries of the Father. He showed us how to find communion and harmony with God and each other. The centerpiece of Christ’s message was humility. Pride is the enemy of God. Pride seeks to create a self-centered existence. However, God calls us to live beyond ourselves by serving one another in love. This selfless love is the key to living a life pleasing to the Father. When we shed our pride in order to serve others, we show our peers an irrational love not of this world. This example brings glory to the Father and light into this world.

  7. Kevin says:

    I love the idea of washing feet and the connotation in brings. What a servant God was and is, and how cool is it we can model ourselves after that. The ultimate servant loves me. And you. Let us rejoice in that!

  8. Nick Crawford says:

    The fact that Jesus would wash us of all of our sin, no matter how messy, now matter how hard it may be to clean still blows my mind. So thankful for a Savior who makes a way for us to know the Father and giving us the ultimate example of serving and loving others.

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