The most important aspect of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet in John 12 is found in v.14-15:
“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 for you.” (John 12:14-15)
The application is super clear isn’t it? Jesus is our Lord, He is our Teacher, and he washed his disciples’’ feet. If Jesus washed their feet, then we have no room to think we are too important to serve each other. This text is often used to emphasize the fact that we need to serve other people, but I think the text is much more specific than that. Jesus says to his disciples, those who are the start of the New Covenant community called the church, “serve one another. Humble yourselves to one another”. My point here is that yes we need to humble ourselves before all people and serve all people, but especially those who are brothers and sisters in Christ. Church people are often good at taking care of the world while they fail to take care of one another. We can find it easy to humble ourselves before those we don’t know who are outside the church, yet we cringe at the thought of humbling ourselves before our church family. The text is speaking directly to this issue. Faith Baptist Church, we need to serve one another. We need to be washing one another’s feet (figuratively speaking). We need to not simply have a humble spirit, but a life of humble service.