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, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 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. (John 13:3-5)

Jesus was given all things into His hands by the Father. He had all authority and control over every molecule in the universe. “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17).

He had come from God. He existed as the second person of the trinity. Fully God in His being. “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Colossians 1:19), and “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Hebrews 1:3a).

And He was going back to God. He was going to endure all the pain of the cross for the joy set before Him. He was going to triumph over death to obtain unparalleled glory. He was raised to be seated at God’s  “right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:20-21).

And yet, this one took a towel to wash dirty feet.

Our Lord and Savior, with full knowledge of His his standing as the pre-existent, all sovereign, ruler of the universe, stooped down to serve sinners. And His actions of washing feet were just a foretaste of the service He was going to render to the unworthy! Jesus would not only take away dirt from feet, He would take away the sinners transgressions and chastisements by means of His own death on a cross.

Jesus’ greatness does not distant Him from the low and weak with dirty messed up lives. With full knowledge of His incomparable majesty He comes to us—to serve us.