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Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet

I was thinking a lot about when Jesus washed the disciples feet.  As the Master washed their feet, we should be prepared to wash each other's feet and to serve. God bless!

John 13:1-17New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

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  • Jesus is, or should be, our role model in our lives, what some would call a 'Life Model'.  Who among us would perform this service?  Well I guess we don't need to do that today, but in Jesus' day the roads were the sewers, there was animal waste in the streets as well, no poop-bags for what dogs leave behind, and the roads were full of donkeys.  Washing a guests feet before eating was self preservation when you sat cross-legged on the floor to eat, or reclined of cushions.

    In today's world, what would be the equivalent?   Maybe cleaning the church toilets, our last church needed to pay someone to do that job.  What would Jesus have us do to show our service, do the jobs that the world shuns, befriend the people society marginalises, take on the task that is too dirty or too boring for someone else to do.  And when those jogs get done, who knows who does them and praises them, thanks them?  Jesus showed He was the Servant King, come to serve and not to be served.  Amen Mary.

    • A friend, who has passed away, used to talk about a meeting of churches and synagogues. I know, it was hard for me to believe too. He explained how the rabbis had argued most of the day. The pastors were at their wits' end. Sometimes when you argue, you take a time out which is what they did. When everyone came back together, the rabbis set the example and washed each others' feet. I'm glad he told me about that.

      God bless,


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