Day 25 – Sitting at His Feet
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.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to Him, “Lord, are You going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“No,” said Peter, “You shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me.”
“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well” (John 13:3-9).
The feet of a traveler were always dirty—road grime, animal waste, and mud. To wash a person’s feet was a lowly task, set aside for the least-respected member of a household. Imagine the embarrassment of Peter when Jesus, the one he revered, the one who was presiding over the Passover feast, knelt before him in the most humble posture.
- Have you thought about the price Jesus had to pay to wash you clean?
- Are there parts of your life that you don’t want anyone to see?
- Are you willing to give all your shame, pain, and pride to Jesus?
Wash and perfume yourself, and put on your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do.”
“I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.
When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down (Ruth 3:3-7).
Ruth was a Moabite, not a Hebrew. She took her place at the feet of a landowner, a man of high standing in the city. He could have rejected her and swept her away, and no one would have thought twice about it. Yet Boaz accepted her and loved her. Their union spawned the heritage of King David. Yes, that’s right. Because of the humility of a Gentile and the generosity of a Jew, royalty came to earth. Glory to God!
- How hard is it for you to humble yourself before others?
- How does seeing our royal heritage affect your view of God?
- Is there anything that God hasn’t done to prove His love to you?