Satisfied, eleven men rest. With full stomachs, all seems well. One man has no rest; heart raging, feet shuffling.
Satan is in the room. Jesus, unintimidated, rises. His garments fall away by His own initiative. Knowing He has superior power, He reaches for a towel, girding Himself.
In the absence of voices, the disciples watch intently as he pours water into a basin. He stoops and begins to wash filthy feet. Some stare in shock. Others look away.
The atmosphere of the room is charged with an array of activity. The conflict increases.
The vocal silence ends with Peter, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” “How could You?” His mind shaken, “How is this leadership? Teachers do not do this. This is not acceptable.”
Unmoved, Jesus replies, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Resolute, Peter blurts out, “You shall never wash my feet!”
Jesus confidently replies, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” With his eyes fixed on Jesus, Peter exclaims, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” A smile arising from the gentleness within, I imagine Jesus calmly saying, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”
Satan draws a little closer. Judas Iscariot shifts slightly. Outward quietness ensues as Jesus continues to wash.
Put yourself in Peter’s shoes. Connect with the internal resistance. He yearned to have Jesus’ acceptance. He defined this by his own strength. He had to prove his value.
His mentality: “I will never allow my leader to serve me. I will do things to prove my worthiness to be his follower. I will keep this same mentality toward those who follow me. I will not serve them this way. Their relationship to me will be based on their ability to follow through.”
“You are clean” Jesus says. Hear Jesus say to you, “You are clean” as He did to Peter. There no longer remains a need to prove your worth. Receive Jesus’ love. Take in the truth of your worth. You are priceless in His eyes. So He washes your feet. He gives His life. For you. Remain there.
He removes the shame that says, “I am flawed beyond curing.” Into the deep of you, He communicates, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are clean in me. I see the sincerity of your heart. Hide yourself in Me.”
We see our true worth only through Jesus’ eyes. From here, we see the worth of each person and love them as ourselves, even when enemies are present.