A lovely young couple got married over the weekend at our local church in Tifton Georgia. During the wedding ceremony the beautiful bride washed her beloved’s feet. Then, the handsome groom cleansed hers. Ever so often, something memorable comes along that’s special. Can you imagine what a wonderful marriage this will be if they continue yielding to one another. Not that any union is always smooth sailing but humility goes a long way in making things run better; much like what oil does for a car’s engine. To broaden our perspective, let’s marvel at Jesus’ demeanor.
In studying Jesus’ character traits, is it worth the effort for us to adopt a spirit of lowliness? I think yes. His own disciples selfishly argued over who would be exalted and sit with Him in lofty places of honor when He came into His Kingdom (Luke 22:24). By all means, they wanted to be noticed for greatness and I’m guessing this type of behavior gave Christ a saddened heart. In light of that, let’s consider one of the final lessons Jesus taught before His crucifixion.
During the last supper, taking off His outer clothes, Jesus washed the disciples feet and dried them with a towel hanging from His waist. We are probably familiar with Peter’s attempted refusal of getting his feet scrubbed. In Peter’s arrogance, he thought it beneath Jesus to do such a lowly act. Jesus assured him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with me” (John 13:8). Just think, the Heavenly Father placed all things into the Son’s hands, yet, Jesus picked up a towel and a basin. His humility was not born of poverty, but of riches. He was rich, yet He became poor for us to show us the way (2 Cor 8:9).
Uniquely glorious, Christ was a servant “Whoever wants to be great must become your servant, just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:26-28). Honestly, just like the disciples we need improvement on grasping meekness. Even though it took Jesus’ followers a long time to understand the meaning and significance of His teachings, when comprehension finally came, it never left them. Even more, it gave them strength to continue despite great hardships. Works the same for us.