9 “Then Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and head as well”.
Think of a time when you sat down with a friend and shared a cup of coffee and some quiet conversation. The sharing of your time and the enrichment of your relationship were what was important; the coffee was just a means to that end.
Peter misunderstands the value of the foot washing believing it to be used for its cleansing power so he wants his hands and head to be washed, too. But Jesus is using the foot washing as a way to draw his disciples into a closer relationship with him. Jesus shares a loving, supportive relationship with the Father, and he wants to share that type of relationship with his disciples as his “hour” approaches.
Jesus wants each of us to share in the same loving relationship with him. The foot washing is Jesus’ way of inviting you to draw closer to him through a shared love. Will you sit down and share that cup with him?
Loving Jesus, may this season we call Lent, especially this week we call Holy, be a time when we seek any opportunity to have a closer walk with you. Amen.