After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped round him. (John 13:5 NIV)
In 1967, the Beatles released the song “All You Need Is Love” which eventually featured on their 1968 Magical Mystery Tour album. I believe it captured this human need for love and acceptance. Certainly, the Beatles sang that the best things in life are possible when you have love. Here are some of the lyrics.
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game
Nothing you can make that can’t be made
No one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do, but you can learn how to be you in time
I love the Beatles and their songs. I also agree with them that love is a basic human need. We are all searching for love and acceptance. They say that everything is possible with love. However, they don’t really explain what love is. What is love? They also say that love is easy. Is love truly easy? When the Beatles released “All You Need Is Love”, they were 3 years from their final break-up in 1970.
It was the night of the last supper. Jesus has referred to Judas who was going to betray him for 30 pieces of silver. In fact, Jesus said to Judas, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” (John 13:27). On top of this, Jesus says this of Peter, the leader of his followers, “Then Jesus answered, ‘Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!” (John 13:38 NIV).
Then Jesus proceeds to wash his followers’ feet. Jesus washes the feet of Judas who will betray him. Jesus washes the feet of Peter who will deny him 3 times. Washing feet is the most expressive way of serving others and loving them.
John 13 begins with this.
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. (John 13:1 NIV)
Jesus shows us the love he has for his followers by washing their feet even though some of them might fail him. He loves them to the end. He also goes to the cross for them. We love because Jesus first loved us
(1 John 4:19).