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Humility of Jesus

April 2, 2024



John 13:1-5;12-17

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

13 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end.[a] 2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas,[b] son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16 I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17 Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.


Right before His death, Jesus and his disciples gathered to celebrate the Passover. Jesus knew that he was about to die, so he chose to show his friends just how much they meant to him by serving them in an amazing and humbling way. 

Jesus grabbed a towel and basin of water, knelt in front of his disciples, and washed their feet. In these times, servants would wash visitors’ feet when they entered a house, but someone important would never wash anyone else’s feet.

Jesus, the son of God, washed his friends’ feet! He lowered himself to the status of a servant to show them how much he loved them by serving them and humbling himself. After Jesus finished washing everyone’s feet, he challenged them to do the same for each other, He set an example of what it looks like to serve and treat others with humility; now, it is up to us to do the same.


Look up the definition of humility and write it down in your journal. What are some examples of Jesus' humility, and how can you apply it to your life so that you can show humility to others?



How can you serve someone else today? Make a list of ways to actively serve those around you, and try to cross one off each day! Throughout your day, find ways to actually “wash the feet” of those around you. Do some tasks that others might avoid or dread. 

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