Before His death, Jesus did a few things as an example for His disciples to follow. One of those things He did was to wash His disciples feet. At the end of washing their feet He said unto them, “ If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” John 13:17) Looking back at the life of King David, we see a king sitting at the table with His guests, and being king he washed His guests feet as an invitation to say, “I have now made you part takers of my Kingdom to rule and reign with me.”Jesus was pointing to His Kingship as Lord of heaven and earth through the symbol washing His disciples feet, He was the head of His house and they were His guests. Washing His disciples feet was a symbol of Him giving them power to rule with Him in the Kingdom. The disciples in this passage were viewed as dignitaries and co-rulers in the kingdom having power over regions, cities of God’s kingdom.
At the beginning of John thirteen it was written, “ Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that He was come from God, and went to God; He rises from supper, and laid aside his garments; and 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 wherewith He was girded.” John 13:3-5)
The Father had given all things into His hands, and the fact that He came from God and will return to God the Father; His symbolic washing of His disciples feet was God’s way of promoting the disciples to the status of princes in His kingdom. Jesus In John fourteen said unto them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12) Greater works they shall do because He goes unto the Father leaving the works and power of the kingdom in their hands to perform.
To conclude and to make clear that He had given them the right to act in His name, He said unto them, John 13:20 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receives whomsoever I send receives me; and he that receives me receives him that sent me.” Here we have the view of a King sending His servants out into His kingdom to deliver a message to the people and upon hearing and obeying the servants of the King; they in turn will be obeying the King. The servant or messenger is sent, but not without the support, authority, and power of the King.
We are the sons, princes, and ambassadors of God the Father through Jesus Christ. We came to Christ because God called us in Christ to serve and be a part of His kingdom. Now that we are His, we are given total authority to act in the name of our Father in heaven that we might fulfill the will of the Father in the earth.
Jesus washing of His disciples feet was an invitation to enter His house or kingdom, to sit at His table, and to take part in the affairs of the kingdom. It is the place where relationships are developed, the place where hearts are poured out, a place where we truly get to know someone in a more intimate way. Truly washing is the symbol of baptism before entering into a relation with God and that we might have a place in His kingdom.