“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” –John13:3-5
“When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd.”I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” –Matthew 27:24
The above verses speak about two kinds of basins: the Lord’s basin and Pilate’s basin. They represent two ways of living: the former, a life of love and service, the latter, a life of indifference and slothfulness.
The washing of the disciples’ feet is reflective of the Lord’s great love. If we will remember Mary Magdalene, she has washed the Lord’s feet with her tears and has dried them with her hair, then has poured perfume oil on his head. She has shown great devotion to her God and Master.
By washing the disciples’ feet, the Lord Jesus has left us an example to follow. He wants his disciples to serve one another in brotherly love and not to lord it over anyone for glory’s sake. The basin of the Lord is a symbol of meekness and servant-leadership. He is teaching his disciples to reach out to one another with a faith that cares, a faith that seeks the welfare of the brethren and works toward their good; showing love by helping, sharing, encouraging and building up the brethren toward maturity.
Pilate’s example is one of selfishness, avoiding the responsibility and passing the blame to others. The basin of Pilate is a symbol of gross indifference and slothfulness in seeking after what is right and just. Pilate does not want to involve himself in conflict even if an innocent will suffer unjustly.
Sometimes, we do not want to get involved because we fear that certain activities would tie us down and we are afraid to give our time. Let us remember what the Lord has taught us. The Lord wants us to serve one another just as He has done.
In our Lenten reflections, maybe we can ponder, “Which basin would you choose?”
Digested from a sermon by: Rev. Orlino Veron, Administrative Pastor, Lagro, United Methodist Church
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