“Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside His garments; and took a towel, and girded Himself.
After that He poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded. Then cometh He to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, ‘Lord, dost Thou wash my feet?’ Jesus answered and said unto him,
‘What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.’
Peter saith unto him, ‘Thou shalt never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered him,
‘If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with Me.’
Simon Peter saith unto Him, ‘Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.’ Jesus saith to him,
‘He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.’
For He knew who should betray Him; therefore said he,
‘Ye are not all clean.’” John 13:3-11 (KJB)
This event seems to clearly be the meal of the Passover. It has not yet been eaten for it is mentioned again with the “dipping of the sop” in verse 26.
The lesson to be learned seems to be the important matter, and that is the will of the Father is being done by the Son. He is displaying a servant heart, as He prepares for what lies a few short hours away. His trial and crucifixion is looming ever near.
In this lesson He is teaching His disciples to serve one another, and to love one another as is said in verses 34-35. A new commandment is given; thus fulfilling the old.
The One who is sinless, perfect, without spot or blemish serving the imperfect, sinful, men who follow Him. O, how we need to love as He loves. He is not blind to their sins. His eyes are wide open. Yet, He loves them; as He loves you and me.
The Perfect serving the imperfect. Now, there is an act of doing the Father’s will.