The host welcomed his visitors by saying, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you.” Although they were glad to be invited to dine, there was a certain tension in the air. Everyone sensed it.
There had been some disputing* between them on their way to the supper. They arrived on time, but there was something amiss – something still lingering in the air.
It was a customary kindness to wash the road dust off the feet of one another upon arrival. But this time no one made a move to do it. So the host stepped forward, taking over the duty himself. He poured water in a basin and, one by one, washed the feet of each guest, wiping them dry with a towel. (See Luke 22, NIV)
Imagine being the one waiting next for his feet to be washed. No one said anything, but they must have felt somewhat embarrassed and contrite to see Jesus kneel before them and actually touch their feet.
Later, he would say to them, “I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:15)
Years ago, after a college reunion, I went with one of my friends to her house for a visit. It was wet and rainy, and when I arrived my feet were cold and pretty damp. Her sister came to the door and, seeing my feet, ushered me into the kitchen, sat me down in a chair and grabbed a towel. Then, she began to take off my shoes. I glimpsed a bit of what the disciples must have felt. I said, “No, that’s alright, I’ll do it.” She insisted – and continued until I was dry. I was so humbled by that kindness, that I have never forgotten it.
“To tell me what I ought to think or what I ought to do is insufficient. I need someone to show me how to think and act as I ought. It is not enough to tell me how I ought to feel or what I ought to be. I want someone who will be the kind of a person that he wants me to be… We must see the ideal life in one who has lived it… It is example, not words, which inspires us to make the effort… and gives us confidence…”*
(*William Adams Brown, Interpreter’s Bible – p. 686)
Kay Olson, CSB is a Christian Science practitioner in Pennsylvania. She loves to have feedback and comments! You can reach her through your comment below, or by writing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no