Day 10 – John 13:2-20

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john%2013:2-20&version=KJV

Jesus Washing Feet

In this portion of scripture we find Jesus washing the disciples feet before His Crucifixion.

More biblical info on feet can be found at: http://www.blueletterbible.org/search/Dictionary/viewTopic.cfm?type=getTopic&topic=FOOT

The first thing that strikes me in this portion of scripture is vs.2-4 – one of Jesus’ own, whose feet He was about to wash was already settled in his heart to betray Jesus – “the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;”

I can’t even imagine what Jesus felt knowing someone so close to Him was going to betray Him – and not just to talk about Him behind his back, but to instigate His death….

But even so, (v.3) Jesus, knowing all that was coming, “riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.”  Jesus, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, laid aside His garments (G2440 -which mean cloak, mantel, or tunic) to kneel down before all these men, especially to kneel down before Judas and wash his feet…

“At an early date this service was considered one of the lowest tasks of servants
(1Sa 25:41), probably because the youngest and least trained servants were charged with the task, or because of the idea of defilement connected with the foot. It was, for the same reason, if rendered voluntarily, a service which betokened complete devotion.  Jesus taught the greatest lesson of humility by performing this humble service to His disciples (John 13:4-15).”

the above quote is from the link above that – to wash feet voluntarily betokened complete devotion…Wow, Jesus being devoted to us…

Also, if Jesus is willing to wash our feet, I’d say there isn’t anything too small to ask His help with.

He loves even His enemies. He served His enemy as one of His own. Providing action to His Words “Love your enemies”.

I’ve heard spouses say they wouldn’t rub their mate’s feet – so I’m sure washing them is out.  Humans fail each other; fail to love, and serve each other unconditionally, But Jesus is a provider of all we need. His Presence meets every need.

He refreshes us when we are dusty, dirty, tired, and hurting from the long journey of life so we can get up and keep walking. Praise You Jesus!

 

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