Jesus is the greatest example of the servant’s life. Even when abused He responded with humility and met the need of the moment.
John 13 showed me this in a way I’ve never seen before.
[Jesus] poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he had around him.
The roads and alleys the disciples traveled on their way to the Passover Feast were not paved. Their feet were caked with the mud, dirt, and sweat of their travels. Usually the host of a banquet would provide a slave-equipped with a pitcher of water, a pan, and a towel-at the door of his home to wash the feet of the guests as they arrived. Though no one said anything, all had noticed that there was no servant to wash their feet.
The table in the centre of the room was spread with plates and cups, and the fragrance of roasted lamb and herbs and fresh bread mingled with the odor of their unwashed feet.
So Jesus started to wash the feet of his disciples. Tenderly, he washed the feet of James and John and the others. He even washed the feet of Judas.
Jesus knew that Judas had made arrangements to betray him. But he washed Judas’s feet anyway. He treated Judas kindly and lovingly, even though he knew the terrible thing Judas planned to do to him.
It’s easy to be kind to those who are kind to us. Everybody agrees that treating nice people kindly is a good thing. But kindness is right even when it isn’t easy.
“If you are kind only to your friends,” Jesus said, “how are you different from anyone else? Anybody can do that” (Matthew 5:47). But Jesus said we are to be kind even when it’s hard because kindness is right-whether it’s easy or not.