Are You a Foot Washer?
By Kathryn Taylor
From God’s Word:
Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded... Jesus said to him (Peter), "He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you." For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, "You are not all clean." So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again… John 13:1-12
Have you ever stopped to think that on the night of the Passover, when Jesus washed the disciple’s feet, He washed each one’s feet in the same loving manner? Jesus knew Judas would betray Him… Yet He still lovingly washed Judas’ feet. Not half as long… not leaving out the soap… not using a wire brush… but just like He did the others. He was so subtle that night, when telling His disciples about one of them would betray Him, they didn’t have a clue who it was, except Judas himself.
The point I want to make is about the loving behavior we can have towards people that are hard to love. You see, Jesus lovingly washed Judas’ feet. His love towards Judas didn’t keep Judas from betraying Him. It didn’t change him at all. Jesus’ love and behavior towards Judas fully put Judas’ actions right back into his lap. Further down the road in this story, Judas was alone. He had betrayed His Lord. He hated himself for what he’d done. He was going to take his life. He could not sit there and comfort himself with the thought, “He deserved it. He treated me this way and He treated me that way! Jesus got what was coming to Him…” But, instead, Judas was faced with, “Even though Jesus knew what I was doing, He still loved me… He was still kind to me… He still did things for me...” The whole weight was put on Judas. Jesus’ treatment of him changed everything… Jesus never had to wonder, “Maybe if I had done this or that, Judas wouldn’t have betrayed Me… maybe… maybe...”
Take an honest, hard look at yourself… Is your bitterness and disappointment poisoning your daily living? Like Judas, do the difficult people in your life know that they are making wrong choices, yet see your unconditional love towards them? Are you able to separate their behavior from who you are in Christ? You see, that is what Jesus was able to do. No matter what anyone said or did, He was able to know who He was and what His mission in life was and stay on course. I know how hard it is when someone is fighting you every inch of the way, every single day… but I want to encourage you, I must encourage you… think of the challenging person in your life… as Judas!!! Treat them as Jesus treated Judas… wherever you can, whenever you can… Stay close to the Lord. Stay in His Word. Stay in prayer. Ask God and He will give generously. God Bless…