He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? John 13:4-6
Jesus is coming to the end of his ministry, as him and his disciples were gathered together to share the Passover meal , which would turning into the Lord’s Supper (Communion) but before Jesus departed he had another lesson to teach them
Imagine Jesus, the Son of God, washing your feet! This is an unthinkable act of humility and love. God, who became Flesh, is now washing our feet, this is a demonstration of real leadership. Notice Jesus never asked his disciples to do anything he didn’t already do!
Peter is in almost shock, as he realizes that his Lord and God is going to wash his filthy and wretched feet
Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. John 13:7-9
Jesus tells Peter “You don’t understand what I’m doing right now, but someday you will” Isn’t that the same for us all? How many times do we read something in the Bible or experience something, and we just don’t understand how God is working? Then later, as we continue to grow in The Lord, it makes perfect sense!
At first Peter refuses to have his feet washed by Jesus, probably because of embarrassment or unworthiness, however as Jesus insists, he wants Jesus to cleanse him entirely! Doesn’t this describe our walk with Christ? We are so ashamed of our sin, but once we know Jesus will forgive us, we want him to must us Born Again!
Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? John 13:10-12
Jesus revealed “Not all of you are Born Again” of course Jesus was referring to Judas, who will betray Christ. But notice Jesus is applying this physical washing with a spiritual lesson
Secondly Jesus asks his disciples a question “Do you know what I have done for you”? What a great question, do you understand what Jesus did for you? I don’t think many totally comprehend what Christ did for us!
Remember everything Jesus did, he did to redeem us from the eternal grave. He made us reborn so we may live with Him forever Amen!