The records we have, in the Gospels, of Jesus interacting with others, paint a very important picture of who Jesus was and is. He was gracious, compassionate, merciful and loving. He broke societal boundaries and made the self-righteous religious squirm.
The perspective John gives us of Jesus goes even further than Jesus’ interactions with others to an understanding of Jesus and His relationship with the Father. We get to peak inside Jesus’ head, and heart, for ever a brief moment.
The time Jesus washed His disciples feet, on the night He would be betrayed, gives us one of those glimpses into the depths of Jesus’ soul.
“During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.” – John 13:2-4
Traditionally, what Jesus did was relegated to the servants, the hired help. Washing the dinner guest’s feet was definitely not something the host would ever be found doing. Yet here we have Jesus, the Son of God, taking off His robe, kneeling down and washed His disciples’ feet.
The verses quoted above paints a beautiful picture of what Jesus was dealing with internally. And theres’s two things that stick out to me:
1. Judas had already been tempted and bought into the plan to betray Jesus.
Yet Jesus still washed His feet. And, Yes, Jesus knew who would betray Him (see John 13:25-27).
Jesus washed the feet of the one who would essentially stab Him in the back.
That is so hard to wrap my mind around.
To think Jesus knew who would betray Him and He still washed their feet. He served Judas in the face of betrayal. Why? Because that’s who Jesus is: a servant. He’s a servant even in the face of the one who would set in motion the events of His death.
Wow. Just wow.
The second thing that sticks out to me is this:
2. Jesus was able to do this (face His betrayer and do a servant’s job) because He knew who He was and He knew who His Father was.
This verse: “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper” says it all.
Jesus was confident in His identity as the Son of God, as well as, He was confident in His relationship with the Father.
It didn’t matter what He was about to face. It didn’t matter who was about to do something to Him. It didn’t matter that He was about to do something that would break social norms. He didn’t care what His disciples thought. All of those limits and boundaries we place on ourselves, He overcame because of His relationship with the Father.
I want that understanding. I NEED that revelation.
For someone that still struggles with fear of man, it’s so hard to consistently walk in this understanding that I too am a child of God. I am a loved son. Because of Jesus, I am fully accepted in the Father and no matter what comes my way (people or circumstances) I must walk in this identity and rest.
But that’s so hard, isn’t it?
This is why multiple times in Scripture we are implored to set our minds above, to renew our thinking. We have to allow Holy Spirit, through His Word to change how we think. That takes time. That takes consistency. And while it is by grace, I must obey and work towards setting my mind on the truth.
It also requires we set aside somethings, much like Jesus physically setting aside His robe. One of those things we must set aside is pride and fear of man.
Because come hell or high water… I want to serve my (perceived) adversaries and go against the social grains, while walking in freedom from man’s opinions.
I want to be like Jesus.