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Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet

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Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet

John 13:1-17

OPEN:

If you knew it was the last night with those you dearly love, how would you spend it?

Who would you nominate for the Mother Teresa award in your family or church fro selfless Christ-like love?

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.

 

DIG:

From Verses 1, 3 & 11, what things did Jesus know?

In light of that knowledge, what is especially impressive about vs. 4-5?

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.

 

Realizing that this duty was normally performed by the lowest ranking servant in a household, what does this action demonstrate?

 

If you were Peter, would you have reacted as he did?

 

Why or why not?

 

While Peter was thinking of Jesus literally washing his feet, what do you think Jesus meant in vs. 8 & 10?

        8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you                    have no part with me.”

 

      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.”

 

What new meaning would these statements take on for the disciples after Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, death & resurrection?

From vs 12-17, what was the point Jesus wanted his disciples to learn?

        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.

 

How would this challenge their idea of what it means to be the chief followers of the Messiah?

REFLECT:

In your early spiritual life, who was one of the people that demonstrated to you what it means to “wash feet”?

Have you ever thanked this person?

Is there somebody you know that needs a loving touch from you?

Is it possible to do for others, or to give to others, what one has not first experienced or received for oneself?

When it comes to foot washing and other acts of humility and service, do you find it easier to serve others “hand & foot”, or to have your own needs slavishly attended to?

Our Lord Jesus has a people in the world that are his own; he has purchased them, and paid dear for them, and he has set them apart for himself; they devote themselves to him as a peculiar people. Those whom Christ loves, he loves to the end. Nothing can separate a true believer from the love of Christ. We know not when our hour will come, therefore what we have to do in constant preparation for it, ought never to be undone.

Jesus washed his disciples' feet, that he might teach us to think nothing below us, wherein we may promote God's glory, and the good of our brethren. We must address ourselves to duty, and must lay aside everything that would hinder us in what we have to do. Christ washed his disciples' feet, that he might signify to them the value of spiritual washing, and the cleansing of the soul from the pollutions of sin. Our Lord Jesus does many things of which even his own disciples do not for the present know the meaning, but they shall know afterward. We see in the end what was the kindness from events which seemed most cross. And it is not humility, but unbelief, to put away the offers of the gospel, as if too rich to be made to us, or too good news to be true. All those, and those only, who are spiritually washed by Christ, have a part in Christ. All whom Christ owns and saves, he justifies and sanctifies.

Let us be found in Jesus this day. Amen!!!

 

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