The Significance of Foot Washing

By Dr. Gary Linton

Foot Washing Services are for Today

Foot washing was an example Jesus set for us to follow. Jesus said, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:14-15). Unlike in Jesus’ day, ceremonial foot washing is not for cleaning feet, but is a spiritually significant act.

Foot Washing is a Sign of Humility

The roads were very dusty in Jesus’ day and it was the job of the lowliest of slaves to wash the feet of those coming in from a journey. Jesus was setting an example of humility in washing His disciple’s feet. The creator humbled Himself before His creation.

In a foot washing service we humble ourselves before a fellow brother or sister in Christ. In Philippians 2:3 and 5 Paul said, “In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”

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🍞 Maundy Thursday 2019 🍷


The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word mandatum, or “mandate.”

This word is used in the Latin text for John 13:34:

“Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos.”

Or, in English:

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you.”

Holy Thursday is thus sometimes called Maundy Thursday because it was on this day that Christ gave us the new commandment–the new mandate–to love one another as he loves us.