2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus 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.
Thoughts: Jesus last act, would be an act of service. Not just his washing feet, but his dying on the cross. Jesus said (Mk. 10:45) "Even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." Washing feet was a dirty smelly job reserved for slaves. In a few hours he would die as a thief and a slave though he was really the most Innocent One ever and a King.
Prayer: You served then, Lord. You serve me today by your death on the cross. Give me grace, O Lord to serve someone today in your name.
John Calvin Abidged: The Evangelist says that Judas had already agreed to betray Christ. Who could have the patience and endurance to wash the feet of such a detestable traitor? The Evangelist says that he knew the Father had given all things into His hands to show us where Christ gained such great composure of mind.