When Jesus sat down for His final meal with His disciples, He did something shocking: He washed their feet. In those days, the feet were considered to be the dirtiest part of the body. People wore open-toed sandals that exposed their feet to all the dust and debris of the harsh desert roads.
As a result, washing the feet of guests was a task typically relegated to servants or slaves. And yet, here, we see Jesus doing just that.
At first glance, this definitely seems like an odd thing for Jesus to do. In fact, Peter even refuses to let Jesus wash his feet, at first. But Jesus firmly insists. And the reason for that is because the washing of feet is so much more than an odd little story. It’s an insight into Jesus’ character and God’s relationship to man.
Mark 10:45 is one verse that sums up the spirit of this act: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The day before He went to the cross, Jesus gave us this illustration so that we would understand the reason for His death – the cleansing of our sins. He willingly gave himself up to be murdered for a crime He did not commit.
He “got dirty”, so to speak, so that we could be made pure and be reconciled to God. What a beautiful picture of humility and selflessness.
Bible Verses About Foot Washing
John 13:14 – If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
John 13:8 – Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I don’t wash you, you have no part with me.”
1 Timothy 5:10 – being approved by good works, if she has brought up children, if she has been hospitable to strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, and if she has diligently followed every good work.
Genesis 18:4 – Now let a little water be fetched, wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.
Genesis 24:32 – The man came into the house, and he unloaded the camels. He gave straw and feed for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.
1 Samuel 25:41 – She arose, and bowed herself with her face to the earth, and said, “Behold, your servant is a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.”
Luke 7:44 – Turning to the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, and you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head.
Genesis 19:2 – and he said, “See now, my lords, please come into your servant’s house, stay all night, wash your feet, and you can rise up early, and go on your way.”
Genesis 43:24 – he man brought the men into Joseph’s house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet. He gave their donkeys fodder.
John 13:10 – Jesus said to him, “Someone who has bathed only needs to have his feet washed, but is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you.”
John 13:6 – Then he came to Simon Peter. He said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?”
2 Samuel 11:8 – David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and a gift from the king was sent after him.
Judges 19:21 – So he brought him into his house, and gave the donkeys fodder. Then they washed their feet, and ate and drank.
John 13:5 – Then he poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Song of Solomon 5:3 – I have taken off my robe. Indeed, must I put it on? I have washed my feet. Indeed, must I soil them?
John 13:12 – So when he had washed their feet, put his outer garment back on, and sat down again, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?
John 13:9 – Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”