The Servant King (2 May 2021)

Morning Encounter:


Jesus knew that he had come from God and would go back to God. He also knew that the Father had given him complete power. So during the meal Jesus got up, removed his outer garment, and wrapped a towel around his waist. He put some water into a large bowl. Then he began washing his disciples' feet and drying them with the towel he was wearing.

 But when he came to Simon Peter, that disciple asked, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus answered, “You don’t really know what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

 “You will never wash my feet!” Peter replied.

“If I don’t wash you,” Jesus told him, “you don’t really belong to me.”

 Peter said, “Lord, don’t wash just my feet. Wash my hands and my head.”

(John 13.3-9)


Jesus is facing his death and preparing to leave his disciples. It’s the Last Supper and the disciples have been arguing over which one of them is the greatest (Luke 22.24). In a beautiful act of humility and leadership, Jesus provides them with an answer. Jesus takes the place of a servant and washes the dirty feet of his disciples.


Take some time to reflect on these verses. What does it mean to lead with humility and in service of others?

Midday Meditation:

‘The disciples were keenly aware that someone needed to wash the others’ feet. The problem was that the only people who washed feet were the least. So there they sat, feet caked with dirt… Then Jesus took a towel and a basin and redefined greatness.’

(Richard J. Foster Celebration of Discipline)

Evening Reflection:

Jesus, my feet are dirty. Come even as a slave to me, pour water into your bowl, come and wash my feet. In asking such a thing I know I am overbold, but I dread what was threatened when you said to me, “If I do not wash your feet I have no fellowship with you.” Wash my feet then, because I long for your companionship. (Origen, c. 185–254)

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