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Living In The Cross

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

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Thought for the day


Jesus Washes Feet

If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet,

ye also ought to wash one another's feet. John 13:14

John 13:1-17

Love - Jesus is showing the disciples the full extent of His love for them. Jesus knows that His time is coming to an end and He wanted to show them his love and He will do that by laying down His life for those that He loves. Before the crucifixion Jesus now shows His love by this lowly and menial work of a foot washing. Jesus knew what was ahead for Him; He knew that some of the disciples were going to betray Him by hiding and refusing to admit that they know Him. He knew of the one that was going to literally turn Him over to the His crucifiers and still He washed their feet. Even in their failures He loved them and washed their feet. When Jesus bent to wash the feet of Peter, Peter said. "No, you shall never wash my feet." Peter knows that only slaves do such a menial task and he just could not see his teacher/Rabi doing such a thing. Peter has love for his teacher but it is sort of sideways. His pride and self-will was going to keep him from this gift of love that Jesus was offering him. Pride is not one of the attributes of Jesus or His disciples. Jesus answers with "You do not understand at this time," He knew that they would not truly understand what was going on at this moment until after the crucifixion. He replies with, "Unless I wash your feet you have not part of me." If Peter was to have eternal life in Christ which comes through faith in Him he would have to be washed by Christ. If Peter refused the cleansing the relationship with Christ would be broken. Peter wanted so badly to be all that Christ is, he got a little carried away and suggested that Jesus wash his whole body. He thought for sure that he would surely have that relationship with Christ if he was to have his whole body washed and be forgiven of his sins. 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

It is thought that the disciples had washed up before walking to their meeting in the upper room. But they had to walk through town and their feet had gotten dirty. It is thought that Peter did not want his feet washed because they were covered in the sacrificial blood of the animals that were being killed as a sacrifice running down the side of the streets, which made the foot washing very nasty. Again Jesus knew that they would not understand what it was that He had just given them until after the Crucifixion.
Jesus says, "Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you." The disciples were to be foot washers for Christ, the example of who Christ was. The disciples were to pass on the selfless love of God to everyone that they met. Even so we are to be this example of Love to the ladies that God puts in our path, whether it is at the hospital, in a court room, within the church, or along the road of travels. Where ever it is we are to be the example.

It does not always literally mean to wash people's feet with a basin and towel but whatever it is that God ask of us we need to do all things with the same attitude as Christ, humble and selfless, He became a servant giving up all that He was in heaven to serve those selfish sinners, this is where we are today, we are to give up our self and become servants to those that despitefully use us.
In the Cross







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