On Sunday, Pastor Doug asked the question, “Why did Jesus wash Judas’ feet?”
Jesus knew who he was, that he had all authority. Everything about what he did here was contrary to what our culture. Yet he stepped down in humility into the role of the lowest servant and washed his disciples feet.
Jesus knew Judas would betray him. He knew that in just a few hours, Judas would come with armed guards to take Jesus to trial where he would be beaten and crucified. Jesus, knowing how much authority he had, he could have even discretely had Judas removed from the 12 for this moment, but he didn’t. Instead he knelt down and washed his feet anyway.
As I thought about this, the only answer I could come up with is “Love”. God is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us what love is, and Jesus was all of those things even to Judas. Love doesn’t stop even when it’s betrayed. It doesn’t stop when it’s whipped, beaten and mocked. It doesn’t stop when it’s pierced and takes its last breath. True love is eternal and unchanging in spite of what is returned to it.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. — 1 Co 13:4-7
Bob Goff in his latest book, Everybody Always, shares his thoughts and life experiences about this kind of love.
A dear friend of mine once wrote me a letter and in it he said that he wanted to give his “all” for Jesus. “All is a mighty big word for just three letters,” he said. I never thought about how giving “all” really means to love so completely the way that Jesus loves.
So I asked myself, “If Judas walked up to my door tonight, would I wash his feet? Do I love with that kind of love?”