They all saw the basin. It sat quietly in a corner, as the disciples vied for chief seats.
"I call dibs next to Jesus," Simon the Zealot cried out.
"Hey, we already called those seats!" exclaimed James and John in unison.
"No you didn't. your mom did, and besides, if we're recalling firsts, I believe I was the first disciple that Jesus called," Andrew was quick to point out.
"Well, first is worst and second is best. Jesus told me that I was the rock upon which he was going to build his church."
"Yeah, Pete, but he also called you Satan. I think that cancels out the whole 'rock' thing."
"But I walked on water," Peter said defending himself.
"Okay, so maybe I was wrong. You were a rock; at least you sunk like one!"
"Very funny, I don't recall you standing next to Jesus when his face was transfigured and he talked with Elijah and Moses."
"Well, I hate to burst your bubble, brother, but you would have never even known Jesus had I not taken you to him. And speaking of taking things to Jesus...who was it that brought to him the boy with five loaves and two fish? Five thousand people were fed because of what I did."
"Jesus turned to me when he wanted to know where we would find bread for all the people to eat," Phillip said, joining in the argument.
"Don't kid yourselves. If you guys wouldn't have been there, we all know that Jesus could have rained down bread from heaven. He could have turned stones to bread if he wanted. Greatness isn't measured by what you do, but by what Jesus says of you. When Jesus saw me, he said, 'Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.' Boy, he sure did know what he was talking about," Nathanael interjected.
"If we're discussing names, it should be pointed out that we're called the 'Sons of Thunder.' Now that is a name that resounds with greatness."
"Yeah, but did Jesus ever eat dinner at your house with all your friends?"
"There's no way I'm letting a tax collector in above me. You may be use to handling people's money, but Jesus wasn't about to let some swindling tax collector be his treasurer. He entrusted that job to one who was a dependable steward of money, like me." With that, Iscariot, took the chief seat at Jesus' right hand.
As they elbowed and shoved their way to the front, Jesus slowly walked toward the basin. With the soft murmer of the disciples' argument echoing about the room, Jesus took off his outer clothes, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into the basin. The room fell silent. One-by-one, the Lord washed his disciples' filthy feet. They all saw the basin, but only one took up the towel.