Summary: The day the Lord of the universe knelt and washed feet like a servant...
WHEN THE KING OF KINGS BENT HIS KNEES
John 13:1, “It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” 9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well !” 10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
There was a reason why Jesus did this. Luke also tells us of that night.
Luke 22:24, “A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Jesus is the King of The Universe. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. There is none above Him. At His command, the worlds were made. At His word, the sun and the moon, the lights of Heaven were formed and put into place. At His command, Heaven comes to attention, angels obey, and the Earth trembles.
There is none beside Him. There is none before Him. There is no opposite of Him. He is the almighty, all powerful God. If He gave the word, the Heavens would roll up like a scroll, the stars would stop shining. As He walked among us on this Earth that His word had made, though fashioned as a man, He could have said the words, “Bow to me,” and every man woman and child, from Caesar, the emperor of the Roman Empire, to the High Priest and the Pharisees of Israel would have had no choice but to bow before Him.
The kings and princes of this world, no matter their wealth and power, could never compare to the smallest part of His Glory and majesty. The most righteous man or woman who ever lived among us, the purest in heart, is as filthy rags when compared to His goodness. He alone is perfect in all His ways. He is holiness. He is righteousness.
While on the Earth, He commanded the storms, and they obeyed Him. He gave orders to demons, and they jumped at His commands.