It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.[a]2The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
I love Peter.
I imagine Jesus just smiling and shaking his head at what Peter said to him there at the feet washing.
Jesus has told him that unless he lets Jesus wash his feet, he’ll have no part with him.
So what does Peter say? Effectively he says, “Well, if having my feet washed gets me a part with you, then wash more of me so I can have more of a part!”
I love that reaction.
I taught this passage to my family today. We got our feet dirty and I washed their feet as I taught them the lesson and the thing that really stood out to me was how eager Peter was for more.
Are we that eager? Do we want more of what God has for us?
I know in my own life that sometimes the answer is yes but all too often the answer is no. “No thank you. I’m quite comfortable where I am, thank you.”
This week, think about Peter and ask yourself, “Do I want more of Christ or am I happy staying where I am? Am I eager to go further or am I happy to stay here where it’s comfortable?”