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After the meal, Jesus rose from the table, shedding his outer garment. He moved with a certain grace, his movements quiet yet filled with purpose. He took a basin and filled it with water, his actions drawing the attention of the apostles. They watched in silence, curious yet unsure of what he was about to do.

He then knelt before Peter, one of his closest disciples. Jesus, their leader, their teacher, was assuming the role of a servant. Peter hesitated, a look of surprise and confusion on his face. “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” he asked, his voice filled with disbelief. Jesus simply looked at him, his gaze serene. “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand,” he replied.

Without waiting for a response, Jesus began to wash Peter’s feet. The room was silent, the only sound being the soft splash of water. The other disciples watched, their faces reflecting a mixture of awe and confusion. This was their Master, the Messiah, humbling himself to wash their feet. It was a lesson in humility and service, a lesson they would never forget.

After he had finished, Jesus returned to his place at the table. He looked at his disciples, his gaze thoughtful. “If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet,” he declared. His words, though simple, carried a profound message. It was a call for love, humility, and service – a call they were to carry forward. The image of their Master, humbly washing their feet, was forever etched in their minds.


How can you incorporate the lesson of humility and service, demonstrated by Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, into your own life and interactions with others?

Kids Reflect

How would you feel if a friend helped clean your toys, just like Jesus washed his friends’ feet? How can you help your friends in the same way?