John 13: 1, 4-5 “It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love. So He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.”

Jesus knew the hour had come for Him to depart from the world, but His mind wasn’t on Himself but those He was leaving behind. This loving them to the end was shown in a very striking way as He took up the very menial task of washing the disciples feet. With love and humility Jesus demonstrated His great concern, devotion, and affection as He moved slowly from man to man… taking the time to carefully wash and dry their feet as He spoke words of encouragement to each one. This washing of their feet symbolized not only Jesus’ servanthood as an example for us all to follow, but the ongoing and ever increasing work of God called Sanctification…a foot washing, so to speak, performed daily by God for the Believer. Whereas we see the Greek word for the bathing or washing of the whole body symbolized justification – a work by God done once for all. Jesus washed their feet, putting into action His love for them, that they might love one another in the same way.

Author: kezha1

A Christian mother, grandmother, and retired nurse living in Illinois. Called into a ministry of encouraging others to find their ultimate plan and purpose in life through Christ.

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