Did Jesus do dishes? The very question sounds sacrilegious. That might be the point. Sometimes our “religion” prism causes us to miss the real miracle about Jesus. The whole idea of “religion” tends to confine our thinking to “church” related activities and theological conversations. To most people, Jesus never enters day-to-day conversation because to do so is to introduce “religion,” and daily life has little to do with religion.
Those who knew Jesus, who met him, heard him, saw him, ate with him and walked with him were struck by his humanity. He was real, but, as some say, “not real religious.” He went to the synagogues and spoke there, but it was the religious people who had difficulty with him. He ate with tax collectors, visited with prostitutes and befriended lepers, violated religious laws by healing the sick and allowing his disciples to harvest grain on the Sabbath.
Jesus’ divinity continued to shine through for all to see: he made the blind see, caused the deaf to hear, lifted the lame to walk and raised the dead. Even the wind and the sea obeyed him. But, as important as all those things were, especially to the individuals who experienced it, he elevated the mundane to the miraculous.
John described him like this: “The Word became flesh and lived among us and we saw his glory, glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14); “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.” (1 John 1:1) The writer of Hebrews wrote: “For we have not a high priest who is not touched with our infirmities but was tempted in all ways like as we are, yet without sin.”
The Bible never says that Jesus did the dishes. It does say that he washed feet. Which, it seems to me, required a great deal more humility than washing dishes. I expect dishes were prized possessions in most homes of Galilee. They weren’t cheap. You could not pick up dishes at the local Walmart or the Dollar store. They were all hand crafted and often passed down from generation to generation. Most homes likely had little more than the bare essentials when it came to dishes. They did not pile up in the sink waiting for someone to unload the dishwasher. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Jesus helped his mother out, or even lent a hand to Martha in the kitchen at Bethany, and washed dishes.
I always think my wife will be most impressed when I buy her flowers. She does appreciate them and she likes them. But what she really seems to like is the times that I do the dishes. It may be that the most spiritual thing you may do today is to do the dishes. It could be a God thing.