After He had washed their feet, had put on His robe, and had returned to the table, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord– and you are right, for that is what I AM . So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their Master, nor are messengers greater than the One who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. John 13:12-17
To understand Holy Communion is prefaced with foot washing is to link the act of Abigail in 1 Samuel 25:41 to the beginning of this foot washing event Jesus initiates for us. Abigail was the chosen bride of the king and when the kings’ servants come to Carmel to take her to the groom she bows down with her face to the ground and says, “Your servant is a slave to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.” Then Abigail gets up hurriedly, gathering her things and her five maids, and goes after the kings’ servants.
Jesus completes the Abigail act, for He is the Finisher. Our humble Victor Jesus our Lord. We do so love Him. See victory in Jesus, the suffering servant to our Heavenly Father, the Anchient of Days. In like manner you are to bow down with your face to the ground to the King of Kings Jesus Christ, the One Holy Groom, who comes to call you to unite with Him in act more Holy than marriage, the union of your prostrated servant being in present and eternal Covenant with Jesus Christ your LORD and Savior, for He’s I AM the Resurrection and Life.
Wash one another’s feet, doing as the Beloved Son of our most Holy God’s example.