The King Who Bowed Down
For three years, Jesus has spent time with this odd collection of guys, teaching them, leading and guiding them. He now looks at them, gathered together. Knowing the clock is ticking. Knowing He’s only hours away from the cross. What does He do? He not only tells them of His love, He shows them.
He grabs a nearby towel and basin. And bows down before His followers. One by one, He unlaces a sandal, places the foot in the basin, and washes it. One grimy foot after another. This scene is unsettling.
The One holding the towel and basin is the King of kings. Hands that shaped the stars now wash away filth. Fingers that formed mountains now massage toes. And the One before whom all nations will one day bow now kneels before His friends.
Jesus knows these feet will soon desert Him, hiding from the Roman soldiers, running in fear. One will forsake Him altogether, turning Him over to the authorities for a few paltry coins. He knows what each will do and yet He still loves them.
Jesus is our ultimate example of how to serve each other. He shows us how to love to the uttermost. You see, Jesus laid down His life to wash away our sins. As Jesus loves, so we are to love.
For you who may not know Him, we invite you to come to Him, bow at His feet. That is where it begins.