It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.
Jesus washed all the disciples feet from Peter and John to Judas. It is amazing to me that even though Jesus knew Judas would betray him Jesus washed his feet anyhow. This act of humility says so much to all of us. Pastors, we may have people in the congregation who can’t stand us. The pastoral task, to be Christ like, is to serve the enemy, just as we would serve the ones who love us most. As disciples we can use this example in our family, workplace and our church. Even if we know someone doesn’t mean us well it doesn’t mean we don’t wash their feet.
Lord teach me to love my enemies. Help me to learn that it isn’t about how people treat me it’s about how I treat people.