Footstools and Feet-washers

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Acts 2:34-36

For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “`The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit

at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ “Therefore let all

Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and

Christ.” (vv. 34-36 NIV)

My feet are up as I type, courtesy of a footstool. I’d like to think that my footstool
represents my enemies. Our passage suggests otherwise.

When Peter says: “This Jesus, whom you crucified,” he isn’t just referring to the Jews
and Romans. Peter is talking about all of us. There were some who lifted up Jesus’ body
and nailed it to a cross. There were others who did not lift a finger to help, or lower an
eyelid to pray. And Jesus hung on the cross for every one of us who “have sinned and
fallen short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).

My sins crucified Jesus. That makes me the enemy. That makes me the footstool. My
transgressions, along with yours, and those of the whole human race, lifted Jesus just
high enough to die.

God didn’t promise David that he would sit at his right hand, any more than he promises
that honor to any one of us. Our call in the shadow of the cross is not to sit, but to
serve. We deserve to be the footstools. We are called to be feet-washers. Let’s find ways
to serve our Savior.


Lord, let me be a footstool and feet-washer for you. Show me how to bow low

because you deserve to be lifted up.