“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.” - John 13:14-17
Tonight our Cluster churches met at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church for a joint Holy Thursday service. Those who felt led to do so participated in washing each other’s feet during part of the service. This year several children participated. It is truly humbling both to wash someone else’s feet and to have your feet washed. Jesus washed his disciple’s feet as an example of how the roles of master and student, servant and host, are reversed. We are told to do the same to show the world God’s love. This might be difficult and embarrassing for us, but not for these kids. They washed and received washing with abandon, joyfully following the model before them. Isn’t this the way Jesus wants us to follow his examples and his teaching? Shouldn’t we too, be full of joy? Shouldn’t modeling Christ be one that bursts forth in delight and laughter, not grumbles and resentment. Let us model Christ, as little children. Let us serve God and one another with gladness. Let us model Jesus.