John 13:1-6, 12 (TPT) Jesus Washes Feet
1 Jesus knew that the night before Passover would be his last night on earth before leaving this world to return to the Father’s side. All throughout his time with his disciples, Jesus had demonstrated a deep and tender love for them. And now he longed to show them the full measure of his love. 2 Before their evening meal had begun, the accuser had already planted betrayal into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
3 Now Jesus was fully aware that the Father had placed all things under his control, for he had come from God and was about to go back to be with him. 4 So he got up from the meal and took off his outer robe, and took a towel and wrapped it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ dirty feet and dry them with his towel. 6 But when Jesus got to Simon Peter, he objected and said, “I can’t let you wash my dirty feet—you’re my Lord!”
12 After washing their feet, he put his robe on and returned to his place at the table. “Do you understand what I just did?
Pause in his presence
Lenten Reflection: Jesus longs to reveal to each of his children the full measure of his love. Either love or evil will rise in the heart of every human being; we feed one or the other. When we allow perfect Love to wash us, we can stand on holy ground. In other words, we can stand in the authority of the Anointed One to serve God and others. Our character should reveal and exalt his power and authority operating in our lives. How will you respond to the Lord’s desire to wash your feet?
Prayer: Lord, you have washed my soul so the soles of my feet can follow you into a new inheritance of grace and power. May my life reveal your authority and command operating in a full measure of love for you and for others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.