The Basin and The Towel

Jesus knew that the Father had given everything into His hands, that He had come from God, and that He was going back to God.

So He got up from supper, laid aside His robe, took a towel, and tied it around Himself.

Next, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel tied around Him. John 13:3-5 HCSB

Let me put this another way in hopes of showing the magnitude of this moment. Upon getting the news that you have been given all authority over everything and with the assurance that you will be going back to that glorious place of power that you came from. You take off your suit jacket and fill up a bucket with water and wash the dirty smelly feet of those who serve under you!

This is an unheard of concept in a “dog-eat-dog” world of business today. People vie for position each day just waiting for a missed step by the competition or an opening to outdo the other guy. Climbing the ladder of success almost implies stepping on the people under you. But Gods’ ways are not our ways (Isa.55:8) and we see each member of the Trinity placing the other above Themselves. Jesus always directed peoples attention from Himself to the Father (John 5:30, Luke 18:19). The Father praised the Son on more than one occasion (Matt 3:17 & 17:5). The Holy Spirits job description includes not speaking of Himself but bringing all things which Jesus said to our remembrance (John 16:13). It is just Gods way to redirect flattery and give praise to another before yourself. John knew this so well that he doesn’t even refer to himself, by name, in the Gospel he wrote.

Paul encourages us to humble ourselves as we care for each other – Bear one anothers’ burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Gal 6:2-3 NKJV

Lovely Impatient

Finally, when you consider that Jesus washed the feet of His disciples after eating the Last Supper with them, knowing the humiliation and pain that was just outside the door, it amplifies the event. Rather than feeling sorry for Himself or encouraging His disciples to take care of Him because He was about to be beaten, ridiculed, mocked and put to death, Jesus performed the act reserved for the lowliest of servants. Humbling Himself before giving His life for us was an act of love and an example for us all to follow.

This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you. 

No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends. 

You are My friends if you do what I command you.

John 15:12-14 HCSB

6 thoughts on “The Basin and The Towel

  1. shox rivalry

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    1. tknot57 Post author

      Thank you for your kind words. The site is a free WordPress theme but its content is my own. Sorry to have responded to you this late but you were in my spam folder. Thanks again, Al

  2. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus

    A wonderful message Al and Betty, I’m not sure which one of you wrote it but I’m sure you are both in agreement.

    Washing feet, speaking tenderly to each other with genuine words of Godly Love, taking and interest in what interests others in the work God has called them to do, being willing to be persecuted or even Martyred for standing up for God’s Truth is how we show Love as Jesus did and as you have shared, we do them not in our strength but the Lords and what we do for others we are doing for Him, not because we have to but because we want to.

    Whats does it mean to be humble, it’s not running ourselves down or is it showy pious humility but genuine believe that we are saved by a Loving God who we worship and adore not because we deceived to be but because He freely offered it and in doing so put us first.

    Thank you again – Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

  3. "light and salt"

    Just studied this in a bible class a week ago! You put it into a great perspective by using a modern day example of washing feet in a “board meeting!” That was very good.

    Jesus was teaching service to others, and humility in that service. These concepts are foundational in the make up of “love.” And that is what God is all about!

    Good job here!

    Steve Pejay

    1. tknot57 Post author

      Hi Steve, Thanks so much for that encouraging word. Jesus always exemplified everything He wanted us to do. Better still, He gives us the Power to be able to do it! Be Blessed and thanks again, Al

      1. "light and salt"

        It a pleasure to meet new friends in the faith! Keep posting His word and will, Al. You will be rewarded for your love to others in Christ Jesus…


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