Jesus was spending His last evening with His disciples. For three years, these twelve men had been His top priority. Now, as they ate their final meal together, Jesus had just a few hours left to make sure that they understood His message and were ready to take that message to the entire world. It was a huge mission.
To do this, the Bible tells us, Jesus had at His disposal every resource in the universe. John says: “Jesus knew that the Father had given Him authority over everything.”
A huge mission. Every resource in the universe at His disposal. What would Jesus do?
“So He got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, and poured water into a basin. Then He began to wash the disciples’ feet.” (The job of washing guests’ feet was a common practice, reserved for the lowliest servant of the house.)
Given authority over everything, Jesus selected the most powerful tool available, as anyone would. He knew that there is nothing more significant… more compelling… more mighty than serving others. To say I love is one thing. To humble myself and truly serve those I say I love sends a message that is never forgotten.
Servanthood has the same impact on families, neighborhoods, and workplaces as it did at the last supper. It’s the most powerful force in the world.