Why Does Jesus Wash His Disciples Feet in John 13?
- 2014 24 Nov
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"In John 13, Jesus is washing the disciples' feet. In today's time, we don't see a lot of people washing feet. But the concept here is that He's serving. He was showing them an act of service to them. It was something a servant would have done. It wasn't something that the Creator of the world would do or a king would do. But Jesus, as the leader, got down and did a dirty job because He was showing love for them and service for them. I do a lot of study on leadership and as I think about being a leader, one of the most important things we can do is to also serve instead of giving orders. It is to be down there with the people and serving. We are to serve each other. I believe through that act of service, certainly the disciples saw that Jesus was serving them, but we also transfer that into the little things we do and we serve Christ by living out who He is in our lives by little bitty acts of service."
1 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. 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 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. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” 9 “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.