Thursday, April 5, 2012

Holy Thursday: the humility of Christ

“He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.”

Are you kidding? Imagine anybody doing this today.

The humility of Christ is what stuns us. The King of Kings chose the servant’s role as an object lesson. Remember that in those days, foot washing was no more a symbolic ceremony than was breaking the bread and pouring the wine.

It was practical. Dusty, muddy and manure-strewn roads made sandaled feet a mealtime buzzkill. The first-century household slave would always get the foot-washing task as it was one of the most demeaning and filthy tasks in their culture.