Christ Washing the Feet of the Disciples – 1580s, National Gallery in Prague – Paolo Veronese (1528–1588)
“35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, Master, we want you to grant us a request. 36 And he said to them, What do you want me to do for you? 37 They replied, Grant that one of us may sit at your right hand, and the other at your left, in your glory. 38 But Jesus said to them, You do not know what you are asking: can you drink of the cup that I drink of? or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39 And they answered, We can. And Jesus said to them, You will indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: 40 But to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to give; but it will be given to those for whom it is prepared. 41 And when the ten heard it, they became indignant with James and John. 42 But Jesus called them over, and said to them, You know that those who are regarded as rulers over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones wield authority over them. 43 But among you that will not so: instead whoever wants to be great among you, will be your servant: 44 And whoever wants to be first among you, will be the servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:35-45 KJV_2011)
“1 We who are strong ought then to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me. 4 For whatever things were written in the past were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. 5 Now may the God who gives you patience and comfort grant you to be of the same mind one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6 So that you may with one mind and one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore accept one another, as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. 8 For I tell you that Jesus Christ was a servant to the Jews for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: 9 So that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this reason I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing hymns to your name.” (Romans 15:1-9 KJV_2011)
“8 Likewise the deacons must also be dignified, not two-faced, not given to much wine, not greedy of gain; 9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a clean conscience. 10 Moreover, let them first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, after being found blameless.” (1 Timothy 3:8-10 KJV_2011)
“1 Just before the feast of the passover, Jesus knew that the time had come for him to depart from this world and go to the Father, and having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 Now by the time of the supper, the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; 3 Jesus knowing that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God, and was going back to God; 4 Got up from supper, and laid aside his garments; and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that he poured water into a basin, and began to wash his disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 When he came to Simon Peter: Peter said to him, Lord, are you going to wash my feet? 7 In answer Jesus said, You do not understand what I am doing now; but you will understand in the future. 8 No, Peter said, You will never wash my feet. Jesus replied, If I do not wash you, you have no part with me. 9 Then Simon Peter replied, Lord, wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head. 10 Jesus answered, Anyone who has bathed only needs to wash his feet, but is clean all over: and you are clean, but not all of you. 11 For he knew who would betray him; that is why he said, You are not all clean. 12 So after he had washed their feet, and put on his garments, and sat back down, he said to them, Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call me Master and Lord: and you are right; for I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do what I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I tell you, No servant is greater than his master; nor is a messenger greater than him who sent him. 17 If you know these things, you will be happier if you practice them. 18 I am not talking about all of you: I know whom I have chosen: but the scripture must be fulfilled, He who eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me. 19 Now I am telling you before it takes place, so that, when it happens, you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I tell you, He who receives whomever I send receives me; and he who receives me receives him who sent me.” (John 13:1-20 KJV_2011)
“Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and we for him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we through him.” (1 Corinthians 8:6 KJV_2011)“5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being by nature God, did not see equality with God as something to be used for self-glorification: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the nature of a servant, and was born as a man:” (Philippians 2:5-7 KJV_2011)
“3 Not as dictators over those in your care, but as examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of glory that will never fade away. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, submit to the elders. Yea, all of you cooperate with each another, being clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:3-5 KJV_2011)
“Whoever claims to abide in him needs to walk, in the same way that he walked.” (1 John 2:6 KJV_2011)
- Apostolic Authority (alifetimeofreading.wordpress.com)
He is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel
- History Channel’s The Bible: Mission (kimcheel.wordpress.com)
The Last Supper: Jesus talks about how he’s going to be betrayed and beaten and killed. Nope. Just tell them you’re going to be betrayed. More accurate. Also, you forgot to wash your disciples’ feet. Remember? Peter got all huffy?
- Jesus > I – He must Become Greater – Me Less (darrellcreswell.wordpress.com)
Jesus must increase – His authority and influence in our lives, our thoughts, our words, and our actions must grow.We must decrease – The purpose of our lives is to point the world towards Him. We are not to form religious affiliations to glorify ourselves, or to set up a religion of our own. As the light from the evening moon fades away and is lost in the rays of the rising sun, who we are in the flesh is to fade away in the glory of His light. It should be an honor for any one of us, to accept in humility, and with a willingness to be esteemed as nothing–if we can honor Christ.
- Jesus Christ, Bondservant (altruistico.wordpress.com)
The disciples gathered around a table to celebrate Passover with Jesus. Had one of them been more thoughtful of the others—or if one possessed a spirit of servanthood—he would have done the very thing that Christ did. He would have taken water and a cloth, knelt before the other 12 men, one at a time, and washed their feet. Jesus came into the world as a servant (Matt. 20:28). He was willing to do whatever was necessary to move men’s hearts and bring them to a saving knowledge of God.As the lowest of household servants, the bondslave had the distasteful job of washing the feet of anyone who entered the home. And this is the very task that Christ voluntarily performed that evening, right before His trial and sufferings would begin. His act was a foreshadowing of the service He was about to render to His Father—as well as to the whole world—by dying on the cross for humanity’s sin.
- How to be happy? (bryanvillarosa.wordpress.com)
People who think highly of themselves are never happy. In short, proud people never have real happiness and joy. That joy is fake. That smile is just a mask. Before Christ washed his disciples’ feet, he set aside his garments. In the ancient times, garments define social status. It defines rank, position and profession. Jesus laid them aside. As a follower of Christ, you count your achievements as “dung.” You count everything as loss for Christ. You don’t glory in them. You don’t cling to your titles and take security in them. There is no other name that is exalted in your life, there is no other source of happiness in your heart than the name of your Savior.
- Jesus, Son of God. (abundanceis.wordpress.com)
Almighty and everliving God, in Your tender love for the human race You send Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon Him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of His great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of His suffering, and also share in His resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen – Scot McKnight
- Maundy Thursday: Mar. 28 (prayerscapes.wordpress.com)
Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
Each human being is endowed with dignity and is worthy of respect, regardless of social station or any other humanly-determined ranking system. Jesus demonstrated on his knees, for all who would follow him, that our love is shown in serving each other, humbly and generously. “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another.”