Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to Him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” John 13:5-7.
There are many things we do not understand at first. Then the deeper meaning that becomes clear. This is true for Peter. He experienced the humility of Jesus, as Jesus bowed before Him.
Later in this chapter, Jesus gives a commandment. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35.
We show love to others by seeing their needs and fulfilling them. When we serve and love like Jesus loves all of us, we understand. ‘Using’ others because it benefits you, or makes you ‘look good’ is not the point. My Dad called this, ‘going the extra mile’ no matter what it costs.
Did Peter learn about serving others? As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. I Peter 4:10. Peter learned from Jesus.
When He had washed their feet and put on His outer garments and resumed His place, He said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For, I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. John 13:12-15.