He came to Simon Peter, who asked Him, "Lord, are You going to wash my feet?" Jesus answered him,
"What I'm doing you don't understand now, but afterwards you will know."
"You will never wash my feet—ever!" Peter said.
Jesus replied, "If I don't wash you, you have no part with Me."
Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head."
Peace to you Beloved of God,
The Body of Christ is approaching an important remembrance, one in which we emphasize Jesus' ultimate sacrifice and great victory: His ministry, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. We will remember Jesus on Resurrection Sunday. Because he died and rose again, we also have a hope of glory! It is a special time for me, too, because it is my spiritual birthday. I came to a saving knowledge of Christ and was baptized in Jesus' Name on Resurrection Sunday eighteen years ago.! Glorrrry! Today as I was listening to the Word, John 13:3 - 15 jumped out at me. One's feet are symbolic of your walk, your life. Have you ever shared your faith with someone and they replied," I have to get myself together before I come to God or go to church."?? I know you told them the Bible says, "Come as you are." Here we see that we have to let Jesus "get us together". He does the washing of our lives, our "feet". Peter had to get that revelation. Jesus IS Lord, and it is because of his great humility born of compassion for us that He did and does "wash our feet". Through faith in Jesus, we are made "completely clean", born again! "One who has bathed," Jesus told him," doesn't need to wash anything except his feet, but he is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you." His is a completed work. In verse 14 Jesus tells Peter if He as our Lord and teacher, washed our feet/cleansed our walk we ought to do the same thing. " I have set you an example", He said. We are to continue in the act of helping one another walk out our Christianity in cleanliness and purity of life. How? The same way Jesus did! His whole life was our example: He constanty leaned on Abba Father, was led of the Spirit, spoke and obeyed the Word, operated in the fruit and gifts of the Spirit, communed (prayed) to Abba and did only what He saw his Father do as a result of it. Jesus is our exemplar, do "just as I have done" He tells His disciples.(vs.15). That would be US, too! We are to wash one another's lives/"feet" as he did through teaching, preaching, modeling, and obeying the Word. It is the Word which implanted and rooted [in our hearts] contains the power to save our souls. (James 1:21) Our Spirits are saved but our SOULS, our thoughts,desires, and actions are a work in process! It is a life-long process. We have to hold one another accountable. The Body of Christ must let Jesus, the Word made flesh, keep washing our feet! We can talk the talk, but we have to walk the walk, and we have to do it with clean feet: Holiness!
that he might sanctify her, to make her holy, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
Jesus said, "If I don't wash you, you can't be part of what I'm doing."