Readings: Mark 14:12-31 and John 13:1-20
Today Christians throughout the world gather to tell the story of Jesus washing His disciples' feet and the story of His final meal-the Lord's Supper-in a private room in Jerusalem. Some ancient churches begin a worship service this night and remain in worship continually until Easter Sunday morning.
The Jewish Passover Feast was set to begin at sundown, so throughout this day, Jews went to the Temple to ceremonially sacrifice a lamb for the Passover meal that night. Because the meal had to be eaten by dusk within Jerusalem's walls, Jesus had prepared a room where He and His disciples would meet and celebrate together. His final meal, eaten this night, is one of His best-known activities. We call it the Lord's Supper. This same evening, Jesus dressed as a slave and washed the feet of His disciples, and they found His action shocking. Foot washing was a common practice-however it was one that was always done by a servant. By His action, Jesus clearly demonstrated a model of how His followers are to live: "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet" (John 13:14 ESV).