As Jesus ate his last supper with the disciples, he already knew some important information: that Judas would betray him, Peter would deny him, and the rest (who would run away at his arrest) didn’t have a clue what was going on. Knowing all this, Jesus got up from the table and washed the disciples’ feet – a task no Jewish master was allowed to make his servant perform.
Jesus tells them he knows about their upcoming failures and says, “I am telling you now before it happens so that you will believe that I am who I am.” John 13:19. Jesus wanted them to know that, despite their abandoning him, he was willing to serve them by washing their feet and by going a gigantic step further and dying on the cross for them.
The lesson from this? It seems as though the Lord treats those who fail him no differently from those who obey him. This is unfathomable! But, it’s not bad news for those who obey God; rather its good news for those who fail him. God doesn’t wait to see how flawed and failing people (like us) will respond before he loves us. He just goes on the offensive and does it.
Healing the blind, feeding the five thousand and casting out demons – these acts are mere child’s play compared to the divine force of unconditional love God aims at us. Beyond reason or logic, he loves the unlovely in an exhibition of the miraculous at the extreme. this is bad news for nobody—it’s good news for all.