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Dirty Feet

March 5, 2021

Faith Filled Friday, March 5, 2021

by Connie Terpack

Today in my Bible Study class we reviewed John 13: 1-17, which includes the example of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet.

Verse 4 tells us that Jesus got up, laid aside his garments and took a towel and girded himself. It’s possible they were still enjoying their meal when Jesus started washing their feet. It is easy to picture Jesus kneeling on the floor and sliding the basin along as he worked his way around the table washing each disciple’s feet. I guess he washed with the wet end and dried with the other.

An important point to remember is that washing feet was always a job for the lowest servant. Yet Jesus did not think it was beneath him to do it.

Jesus got to Simon Peter who refused to have his feet washed. Peter said, “You shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus replied, “What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter.”

Peter still refused, but Jesus told him that if he did not wash is feet, Peter would nave no part with him. Peter gave in, but said Jesus should wash his head and hands as well.

Jesus answered, “He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit; and ye are clean, but not all.”

After Jesus finished washing their feet he explained why he did it in verses 12 through 17. He wanted them to understand by example. He explained that the servant was not greater than his lord, neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

Back in those days most people wore sandals much of the time. You could bath and keep your body clean, but all that walking in sandals got everyone’s feet super dusty. It was customary to wash a guest’s feet.

In the spiritual life a man who has been cleansed from sin need not think that all is lost when he sins in his daily walk. He simply needs to confess his sins and ask Jesus for forgiveness to be clean again.

This lesson relates to another lesson Jesus taught regarding love. Back in Matthew 5:43-47, Jesus tells us to love our enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.

None of that is easy for me to do! Washing a friend’s feet is no problem. But how did Jesus feel when he washed Judas’ feet? He knew Judas was going to betray him. Maybe I would have used cold water or scrubbed a little harder.

Everyone one of us has had someone that we cannot stand. I worked hard on forgiving a nurse I used to work with. She was a liar extraordinaire! It was two years after I left the job before I could finally make my peace about her. I was surprised how much better I felt without all that hate and anger weighing down my heart. Could I wash her feet today? Probably, but I am not sure how happy I would be about it.

John 14:17 helps me to keep things in perspective. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

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