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Who Washed Christ’s Feet?

Written by John Columbo

I’d like to pose a question. Who washed Jesus Christ’s feet? In order to answer that, let’s consider what happened on that night that defined the purpose of Christ’s disciples forever.

Arguing over who is the greatest

Water in cupped hands illustration.At the celebration of the Passover, the last night Christ spent with His disciples, the disciples argued over who was better. Christ responded with something profound. He stated in Luke 22:26, “He who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.”

Christ went on to explain to them again the importance of service and love for one another as He got down on His knees and washed the feet of His disciples, including the one who denied Him and betrayed Him. That didn’t matter to Christ. Christ didn’t just wash the feet of His followers because He had to. The Passover wasn’t just another holiday on the calendar. No, Christ said, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me” (John 13:8).

Ultimately, who do we serve?

When we celebrate the Passover, are we going to just wash the feet of a friend or family member? Is he just a brother from church? Our Elder Brother promises He will separate the sheep from the goats. He will give an inheritance to those who feed Him, clothe Him and visit Him. He said, “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:40).

In His amazing prayer that Passover, He revealed the Father to them. He spoke of how the Spirit would be in them and make them one with Him and the Father. He asked the Father to “keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are” (John 17:11).

So I ask again, Who washed Christ’s feet? I believe we all have, we all do and we will again. When we put our hands in that water this season, let us look at the feet of our brother or sister and know that we are serving Christ. “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” And I submit to you all, Christ will wash our feet as well.

For more about the meaning of the Passover, see “What Is the Passover, and Why Is It Important?

John Columbo attends the Church of God, a Worldwide Association.