Read: John 13:1-38
Do you think you can’t take another step? Are you exhausted from running? Does it feel like it will never end?
Maybe you are unhappy with where you are in life. Maybe you are tired of being lonely. Maybe you are tired of doing the same thing every day (picture the movie Groundhog Day, where every day is the same). Maybe you are tired of fighting with the same person in your life. Maybe you feel like you have nothing left to give.
Jesus was in an incredibly tough spot. It was the night He was going to be arrested. It had to be overwhelming. One of His disciples was going to betray Him. Not only would Jesus be arrested and betrayed, but He would suffer unimaginable physical pain. And I do not pretend to know what foreboding feeling He had about what it would mean to pay for the sins of humanity.
I would be so needy and so desperate in this moment. I would be holding a prayer vigil for myself.
Not Jesus. He decided to show the disciples, including the one who would betray Him, the full extent of His love for them.
Jesus gets up from the table. He removes His outer garment and puts a towel around His waist. He takes the job of the lowliest of servants and washes the disciples feet.
It seems as though Jesus has washed several sets of feet before He runs into Peter. In verse 6, Peter says, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
In a perfect world, Peter should have said, “Ok. I don’t understand what is happening, but Jesus whatever you say.” Instead, Peter argues with Jesus. Jesus wins the argument by telling Peter he can have no part with Him unless He lets Him wash his feet. Then Peter jumps on board and says that Jesus can wash his whole body. Jesus tells him his whole body is already clean. It is only his feet that need to be washed.
When you and I placed our trust in the work of Jesus Christ, we were “washed.” Paul writes to the believers in Corinth, “you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11
But…we need to have our feet washed from the sins we commit after we become a believer. I wish I could say we will never sin again, but we will. The amazing thing is that God has made provision for our future sins. We are forgiven because of the life and death of Jesus Christ and to fully restore our relationship with God, all we have to do is ask for forgiveness. This is the washing of our feet.
Jesus says in John 13:15, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
Jesus could do what He did because He knew who He was. He had come from the Father and was returning to the Father. God had put all things under His power. This empowered Jesus to serve in the grandest acts of humility the world would ever see. You and I will not be asked to die for the sins of the world, but we will be asked to wash feet. It could be a time consuming role at your church or a non-profit, but it could be a million moments where you make small sacrifices to serve someone else.
For you and I to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we must know who we are and where we stand. We are washed. We stand in grace. We stand in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We really have nothing left to prove.
Take a few moments to soak in this truth. You are clean. And because you are clean you can wash some feet.
In your Going Deeper Participant Guide, let’s look at Day 14 beginning on page 31. Complete Look at the Details and Personal Application sections. Then come back here and share your answer to the following discussion question in the comment section below. (You can find the comment section at the bottom of this message. Just scroll down and you’ll see the words “Post a Comment.” Click there and share your responses.) Or, join the conversation on our Facebook Community Group.
"In John 13:34, Jesus tells the disciples that all men will know they are His disciples by how they love each other. Is the church today doing this well? Are you doing this well? What is God asking you to do differently?"
I will be posting my responses in the comment section and on Facebook too, so I hope to see you there!
Thanks for going on this journey together! #undividedwomen