The imagery of the Last Supper is breathtaking. It is the last week of Jesus’ life and each meal has a heightened gravity and intimacy. It was in the midst of the meal that Satan prompted Judas to betrayal by plotting what would initiate the murder of his own Rabbi. Meanwhile, we read that Jesus not only had received all power from the Father, but that he knew he had. The author is painting the picture of a power showdown.

Let’s push pause on this scene. Jesus knew that in a short time Judas would betray him, leading to his arrest and, ultimately, to his murder. Jesus also knew he had the power to crush Judas and stop the whole thing right there. He didn't.

We know what Jesus did. With a power showdown staring Jesus in the face, he got up from the table, poured water in a basin, bowed low to the ground, and washed the feet of his disciples — including Judas. This job of foot washing was so lowly that it was only carried out by slaves and servants. And yet, in this scene, we watch the Jew of all Jews, yes even the King of the Jews, take on the role of the lowliest servant in order to wash the feet of his disciples — even Judas.

Given what Jesus knew, what would I have done in that scene? What would you?

Jesus, I’m in awe of you and your deep humility. You are sovereign, all-powerful, all-knowing, and you are matchless in every way. And yet, rather than exerting your power by force, you laid it down. You laid it down and bore up a cross for our sake. It is only by your power that I can live in this way. Please work in me for your glory. Amen.

Go Deeper — Put yourself in the scene known as The Last Supper. Knowing what we know from the biblical account, what would your reaction have been? Discuss it with another believer.

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