You call me Teacher and Master, and you say well, for I am. Then if I, Master andTeacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
For I gave you an example
, that you should do as I have done to you.Truly, truly, I say to you,
a servant is not greater than his master, nor is an emissary greater than he who sent him
.If you know these
, blessed are you if you do them.’”Here we see that Yahusha is teaching His students to be
, as He Himselfcame to serve. If we read past this, and look for other meanings such as ananointing ritual, we miss a great deal. Look at the same situation from theaccount of doctor Luke,
and the real teaching emerges very clearly.
At thetime Yahusha was washing their feet, His students were
debating among themselves over who was the greatest
(or most trustworthy of His followers),and
was erupting over how superior each one was:Luk 22:21-27:“‘But see, the hand of him delivering Me up is with Me on the table.For indeed the Son of Adam goes as it has been decreed, but woe to that man bywhom He is delivered up!’ And they began to ask among themselves, which ofthem it could be who was about to do this.And
there also took place a dispute
as to which of them seemed to be greater
.And He said to them, ‘The sovereigns of the gentiles rule over them, and thosewho control them are called ‘workers of good.’ But not so with you, but let himwho is greatest among you be as the youngest, and the leader as one whoserves.For who is greater, the one who sits at the table, or the one who serves? Is it notthe one who sits at the table? But I am in your midst as the One who serves.’”Yahusha was teaching them to become servants, and the “greatest” one amongthem would be the one that learned to serve. In that same context, after Hehad washed their feet, He told them:Joh 13:34, 35:“ ‘A renewed command I give to you, that you love one another, asI have loved you, that you also love one another.By this shall all know that you are My taught ones, if you have love for oneanother.’ ”