Identity, Dignity, and Security
On his very last night with his disciples, before He celebrated the Passover and instituted the Last Supper sacrament,
Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. Then he commanded them (and us) to do the same. What was it about Jesus that allowed him to humble himself and serve his disciples even in the face
of their denial and his imminent death?
You can read about Jesus’ actions in John 13. As you read, please note three crucial factors behind this encounter with Our Christ:
- Jesus knew that His hour had come when He should depart from the world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world. Jesus loved His disciples until the end.
- Jesus knew that the devil had gotten into the heart of Judas Iscariot and had convinced Judas to betray Him.
- Jesus knew that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that He had come forth from God, and that he was going back to God.
Before he washed a single foot, Jesus was aware of His true identity, His true dignity and His true security. He knew that He wasn’t from Nazareth of the child of an unwed Mom—no, He was sent by God. He wasn’t a penniless, homeless carpenter—he was worth everything His Father had. His final destination was not the cross or a tomb—he was returning to His Father. In a sense Jesus was pre-equipped (just like an astronaut going into space) with this three-compartment “backpack” that enabled him to not only survive in a hostile place—but to thrive!
The great news is that we are equipped in the same way that Jesus was.
John 1:12 promises that “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” That means that we two are children of God—our true identity.
Ephesians 1:3 proclaims, “Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places with Christ.” (We are blessed with every spiritual blessing—that’s the source of our true worth and dignity.)
Romans 8:38 famously affirms “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nort height, nor depth, nor any created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Our relationship with God provides us with an unequal level of security.
As a maker of disciples, we are called to wash others’ feet. When we focus on our true identity, dignity, and security, we are free to consider others ahead of ourselves. We can be feet washers for Jesus.
Ed Diaz, 71:17 Ministries