Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” (John 13:8)
Jesus who was in a position of great honor decided to eschew all that privilege and lower himself to serve those that the world thought should be serving Him. Jesus was always turning things upside down — challenging our beliefs and attitudes about what was valuable and what was not and what was wrong and what was right.
It’s very important that Jesus first serves us. Through Jesus washing our feet, we get our sense of our own value and worth. That’s probably one of the first steps to being a good disciple; first, we must know completely and unequivocally that we have infinite worth. And after we know this, from this place of wholeness, we can get fill up others to show them their worth.
I wonder if part of the gospel message is: The God of the Universe came down in human form to convey the simple message that you are a person of unequivocal worth. You matter, and I would do anything to be in relationship with you. It would be an interesting exercise for each of us to put into our own words what exactly the gospel message is; what is the message that your soul is desperate to hear? I don’t resonate with the accusatory tone of “you are a sinner in need of rescuing and it’s your fault that Jesus died a horrible death.” I have never believed that my core identity is that of a sinner, nor do I believe that I was evil from the time that I was conceived. I do believe that I was lost and wandering, looking in vain for rescue. Maybe this is why I don’t make a good Christian.
In the Bible, the central message that Jesus often gave was that your sins are forgiven. The aspect of sin must be a big part of the good news. I need to ponder this more.