Read John 13:1-17

It was Thursday night, the first communion.  The night before Jesus would be arrested and killed.

Many would be familiar with Jesus, the King’s act of service in washing the disciples feet.  It was a job that would normally be given to the lowliest of servants.  It is not something we would expect a King or leader to do.

Have you ever thought what Jesus might be thinking, while He washed the disciples feet?  Perhaps He was thinking these are beautiful feet.

Jesus knew these were the feet of men who were going to take the Gospel into the world, and sacrifice their lives for His sake.

But Jesus also washed Judas’ feet, knowing full well that he was going to betray Him.  He knew Judas’ feet were ‘ugly’, but Jesus still served and loved Him.  Jesus demonstrated to His disciples (both then and now), that we are to serve and love both friend and enemy.

This is hard, but through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us, we can exchange our weakness for His strength, and do ‘all things through Christ who strengthens me’.

Reflection questions

  • Why is it important to be willing to wash someone else’s feet?
  • What does serving mean to you?
  • What needs to change in your life, in order for you to serve both the ‘deserving’ and the ‘undeserving’?


Pray that for the sake of Christ you would be willing to serve both those we love as well as those who may even be an enemy.