A Passover Perspective 2014
The story of the Passover Feast, oftentimes referred to as the “Last Supper”, is told in the Gospels of Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22 and John 13. Jesus is celebrating a tradition with his Disciples that began back in Exodus 12. Most teachings from these passages focus on the bread and cup, which are symbolic of the body and blood, since we are told to “do this in remembrance of me”. It is in this exchange that Jesus is telling the Disciples He is to become the “sacrificial lamb”, becoming the ultimate sacrifice for the sin of the world.
Lets focus on other lessons being taught during this exchange of words and actions, specifically the washing of feet after the meal. First, Jesus shows his followers they are to be servants. It would have been customary for the host of a Passover meal to have a servant wash the feet of the guests. Note in this case, Jesus did not have a servant present, which was by design. The Master planned to wash the feet of His followers, and tells them so in verses 12-17.
Second, when He reaches Peter, Peter tells Jesus “you shall never wash my feet”. Jesus tells him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me”. What was He saying here? Two things come to mind. He quickly addresses Peter’s pride, for as we read in Proverbs 6, versus 16-19, this is one of the six things God hates. It was humility Jesus was looking for. In Matthew 5, commonly referred to as The Beatitudes, He taught “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs in the kingdom of heaven”.
He was preparing them for what was to come shortly, and developing them into who they were to become, once he was no longer with them. We know from the books of the New Testament, the Disciples embraced their servanthood, and the call of God on their lives. At Pentecost, the deal was sealed, when the helper, the Holy Spirit, descended upon them in the upper room.
May we, who have this same power, embrace our calling to serve those who are in our lives, and fulfill the call of God, just like those who walked the earth with Him.