They say that necessity is the “mother of invention”. Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t. If necessity is the Mother of invention then realization is the Father of awareness. My “awareness” came about when I began to realize that I could relate to Peter. I began to see how he felt about things. I began to relate to his attitude about Jesus washing his feet.
Peter felt that he wasn’t good enough, deserving enough or sinless enough to deserve the God of the Universe washing his feet. As I began contemplating this line of thought, I could easily see why he felt this way and what he must have been thinking. He was steeped in humility and felt that he should be washing the feet of Jesus rather than the other way around. It makes perfect sense to me.
“And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God, 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 which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, Lord, are You washing my feet?
Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.’
Peter said to Him, ‘You shall never wash my feet!’
Jesus answered him, ‘If I do not wash you, you have no part with me.’
Simon Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!’
Jesus said to him ‘He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.’ For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.’”
- John 13:2 - 11
As I think about my life I see many areas where I have been blessed, rewarded and compensated far beyond what I deserve. As a matter of fact, I cannot think of a single area where I got what I earned, deserved nor had coming to me. As I look at Peter’s life, I believe that he felt the same way. There he was with Jesus as one of His disciples. Peter got to witness the multiple healings, the many miracles and the power of God’s Son. Peter had gotten to “hang out” with the Son of God, the God of the universe, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords and the one who holds the keys to death and hell.
The sacrifice that Jesus made for us is more than we can comprehend. What Jesus did on the cross and the events right before are more than we can even understand. Personally, I cannot fathom what Jesus did for me.