The Word says that Jesus, “rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” Now, depending upon the culture you came from or perhaps the level of prestige you were brought up in, the idea of washing someone’s feet may not appear all that significant. In ancient Jewish culture, one’s feet were washed as they entered someone’s home to sit down for a visit or perhaps a meal. The lowliest of the servants was assigned this task. So, when Jesus did this, He lowered Himself to the role of the lowliest servant. Think about this for a moment. God Almighty in the flesh lowered Himself to become a human and His life journey was that of continuing to humble Himself, all the way to the cross. On this occasion, He took a towel and a basin of water and washed the feet of His followers.
It seems to me the roles were reversed. Shouldn’t they have washed the feet of the Master? Always the Teacher, Jesus used to occasion to teach them and us a most valuable lesson. He said, “I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” How should we live and treat each other? We simply humble ourselves and serve one another.