“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13:3-5
They are nasty, smelly, gross, hairy, and overall disgusting! Feet! My daughter is out of this world beautiful! My daughter is also a super athlete. Gymnast, Cheerleader, and basically a tumbling machine. Her gym shoes smell like four possums died while they had a flesh eating disease. It’s actually both impressive and totally gross. She’s 12. To say that her feet would have nothing on the feet of the disciples at the time that Jesus put on a towel then grabbed a basin of water to wash their feet, is an understatement! The disciples would’ve walked through countless grains of dust, mud, and dirt: shoeless. Most likely animal droppings and possibly human waste as well. Picture this: THEY DIDNT HAVE TOE NAIL CLIPPERS! They couldn’t just break out the pedicure set and take care of their feet. They didnt have the daily hygiene routines that industrialized Western Culture has today. Let’s just say feet were gross in the day of Jesus. Yet, Jesus decided to demonstrate servanthood by kneeling down to the most disturbing part of the disciple’s anatomy and using his hands, some water, and a towel to wash their nasty feet. No hand sanitizer available. No dove soap waiting on standby. No disinfectant to spray.
So today as you look towards Easter morning and the glorious risen savior who saved your soul. Just stop today and think about the nasty moment that Jesus decided to model servanthood to us. Servanthood isn’t easy. Servanthood isn’t sanitary. Servanthood isn’t clean. Servanthood will be messy. It will stink! It will cost you something. People are messy. People are nasty. People are dirty. People are not clean.
Serve them anyway! Feet!