(This is a re-post of my Maundy Thursday reflections from last year… enjoy!)

The Blog of Andrew Arndt

Today is Maundy Thursday.  So-called because of the new “mandate” that Jesus gives his disciples just hours before his death, at the Last Supper.  Surely you remember the scene.  Dinner is served, and when it is finished, Jesus, as John says, “Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love” (v1), and then does the unthinkable – he pours water into a basin, gets down on his hands and knees, and starts washing feet.

The act of washing feet of course was something that only folks on the lowest end of the social totem-pole did for those at the highest end… so much was this the case in Jewish culture that it is said that not even Jewish slaves washed the feet of other Jews.  Simply too degrading.

And so Jesus, as only Jesus can do, flips the whole…

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