Jesus sat with his friends, enjoying a meal, conversation, maybe a little laughter. Suddenly, surprisingly, he did something no one in the room expected. He got up from the table, knelt on the floor and washed his friends’ filthy feet.
Imagine the scene. How would you have felt? What would you have thought?
Later, Jesus added words – powerful, perception altering words. Words that helped his friends understand the meaning of his actions. Words that corresponded with the service he’d given.
Would they have understood without the words? Or would they have internalized his intent without his action?
Every day Jesus-followers, normal people, pick up the basin and towel in a thousand different ways. We visit neighbors in hospitals, write checks to alleviate suffering, help children with homework, prepare meals for loved ones, carry boxes for friends, and more. Our small acts of service speak honest, generous truth. We reveal with our hands the character and purposes of God to those whom we serve.