It’s Holy week.
On Thursday, we follow along in the Bible and today would have been the day of the Last Supper with Jesus and His disciples. Right after dinner, Jesus did something no one expected.
John 13: 1-17 – Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet
13 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
2 And supper being ended,[a] the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 6 Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?”
7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”
8 Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!”
Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”
10 Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.”
12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
Do we believe this is still for today?
And then this photo came across my Facebook feed this afternoon:
That lady in the middle of the photo with the students washing her feet? My Aunt Debra.
I can’t think of a more beautiful example than to show this to you tonight.
I have memories of foot washing at the church I grew up in. Those were such sweet times. I remember the old ladies with their nude stockings and their knee highs 🙂
I remember sitting beside my mom and grandmother and seeing their tears fall as they poured their hearts out in prayer as they washed feet.
I remember just a few years ago being in the front living room of my parent’s home.
This lady in the back of the photo, Glennie the Great, was about to meet Jesus.
We sat together as a family, and I washed her dear feet.
I prayed. I asked God to prepare those feet for the streets of gold.
I honored my grandmother and I will never ever forget that night.
THIS is what I want my kids to know about.
THIS is what I want my family to do – following the example of Jesus.
Would you wash someone’s feet?
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