“I’m not the servant!” Peter said.
“Nor am I!” said Matthew.
Quietly, Jesus got up from the table, took off his robe, picked up a basin of water, knelt down, and started to wash his friends’ feet.
“You can’t,” Peter said. He didn’t understand about Jesus being the Servant King.
“If you don’t let me wash away the dirt, Peter,” Jesus said, “you can’t be close to me.”
Jesus knew that what people needed most was to be clean on the inside. All the dirt on their feet was nothing compared to the sin inside their hearts.
“Then wash me, Lord!” Peter said, tears filling his eyes. “All of me!”
One by one, Jesus washed everyone’s feet.
“I am doing this because I love you,” Jesus explained. “Do this for each other.”