He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” John 13:6-11
I love reading about Peter, he is just like most of us. He is always trying but many times comes up short. Often he speaks before he thinks. He is rash, extremely devoted the Jesus and yet has doubts. So when I see what God did through Peter I can always think, there is hope for me yet. Sometimes I too talk before I think and it always seems to get me into trouble. With Peter and myself I think of the old saying, always be sure your brain is engaged before you put your mouth in gear. It is a lesson we all need from time to time.
Today we find Jesus getting ready to wash Peter’s feet. Now I am not sure where Peter was in line but I imagine he was not the first to have Jesus wash his feet. I think the first one or two were so shocked to see Jesus doing a lowly servants task that they could not speak let alone protest. Think about it, how would you react if Jesus started to wash your feet?
First Peter protests, no way is Jesus washing his feet. Not going to happen, no way no how. The when Jesus tells Peter that unless he allows Jesus to wash his feet then Peter will not have a share in what Jesus is going to do. So what does Peter do, he over reacts. If washing his feet is good why stop there. So he asks Jesus to also wash his hand and head. At least he did not ask for a haircut and beard trim, just a quick shampoo.
Lost on Peter and the rest is what Jesus was trying to demonstrate. He wanted each of them to develop a servant’s heart. Jesus did not want to have twelve little kings but twelve who would serve others by bringing the Good News to the world. That is all he asked of them and all He asks of us. He wants us to get out of our comfort zone and serve. Serve other and serve Him.
Have a blessed day,