[readolog_blockquote ]After he said these things, Jesus became visibly upset, and then he told them why. “One of you is going to betray me.” John 13:21[/readolog_blockquote]
The twelve men were most likely still trying to process what was happening. Jesus was washing their feet. He had gone to each of them, one by one, performing the most humble and menial of tasks with the love and care of a Creator for his created.
Now, as He takes His place at the table once again, He says, “So now you’re clean. But not every one of you.” Oops. Did he skip one? Let’s see. Twelve men, that’s twenty four feet. No, that’s all of them. So what did Jesus mean by this?
Here in the middle of this touching act of service, an act that foreshadows the ultimate sacrifice Jesus would soon make, comes a reveal more shocking than anything we’ve seen on “Lost.”
Verse 21 says, “Jesus became visibly upset, and then he told them why. “˜One of you is going to betray me.'” If they had commercials in first century AD, they would have cut to one here.
By now, we know the rest of the story. Jesus identifies Judas as His betrayer, sending him out to “Do it, and get it over with.” While the other eleven disciples are still confused, it’s clear to us that Jesus knew as he washed Judas’ feet what was to happen. Jesus knew what Judas would do. And still He washed the feet of the man who would soon hand Him over to a brutal and shameful death.
So, when Jesus said earlier, “I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you,” did He also mean washing the feet of the very one who least deserved it?
And if so, what does that mean for us? What does this tell us about how Jesus treats us? What does this tell us about how we are to treat one another?