4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
5 After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Jesus, the Messiah, Saviour of the world, gave an example of servanthood that was greater than words by putting love into action through washing the feet of His disciples.
The custom of the hour was for a servant to wash the feet of a guest however if the guest was loved and close to the family, the owner would wash them himself however in this story we see Jesus leading by example. An act of humility and sacrificial love.
In the mid 80’s my family came into a Pentecostal church in Belmore, Sydney and I remember the first time going to a foot washing communion service. I was only 9 years old and I thought these people are mad, until I watched my pastor get on his knees and wash the feet of the men of the church.
As a child I noticed the unity, humility and healing it brought into the family of God. As Jesus laid out this example, I am thrilled to announce that Gracepoint will be having our first ever foot washing communion service on the first week in September (Saturday 2nd). We will be acting out the example that Jesus gave to His disciples and living the humility of servanthood that He wants us to be.