John 13:1–5 (ESV) “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”
What an astounding act. Not merely the humility displayed while at the moment He is so mindful of His own essential glory – but the symbolism of the act itself.
Jesus does not merely take a towel with Him to wipe the disciple’s feet, He ties it around Him. He wears it. He wears it instead of His own “outer garments.”
But more – He “wipes” their feet with His newly donned garment. And as He wipes their feet, He wears upon Himself, the filth He washes off of them. He displays what is about to take pace at Calvary – where their filth, OUR filth, will be placed upon Him.
And He wore it.
What a Savior.