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The Servant King

John 13:3-5 (New Living Translation)
"3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him."

How was Jesus, who was equal to God, able to empty himself and serve in such a humble way, washing the feet even of those who would abandon and betray him? In the passage above we see that Jesus knew who he was. He knew where he came from and where he was going. Because of this he did not have to prove himself in any way. He did not have to put on a show for anyone because he was not seeking anyone else's approval. It was the knowledge of the Father's approval and the security in his identity as coming from the Father that gave him the ability to serve in humility.

The same is true of us. Ephesians 5:1-2 s…