~This is the third part of the series on John 13 by Donna Baker~
Last Thursday we learned that we can be equally vulnerable whether we are in the valley or on the mountain top.
The key is to be like Jesus and keep focused on our mission.
Jesus was facing unmentionable things and He knew it, but He kept His mind stayed on His Father. He knew His mission. He went forward. He did not hurry or shrink back.
He used His last hours to teach His disciples to be humble. To be servants. And to love each other as He loved them.
The washing of the feet was a visual picture of how He was willing to do the job of the lowest of servants, and how they, too, should serve each other in the same way.
We are all to imitate our Lord Jesus Christ.
Only Peter seems to think it inappropriate for Jesus to wash his feet. But here again we have this beautiful visual picture of what the Lord was doing for them and for us.
Jesus said that we cannot be washed unless He washes us, but once we are clean [saved], we only need to have our feet washed.
Jesus washed their feet because He knew that He would “depart out of this world.” His ministry would continue after He went back to heaven. He has identified Himself with His people, and today He still washes the feet of His disciples. He says that He will depart out of this “world” [kosmos], meaning the world system. It is man’s world, a world of sin. It is a civilization that is anti-God and anti-Christ, and it is under judgment. Because He is leaving this world, He washes their feet. (1)
In John’s other book, we read this:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us… —1 John 1:9
We only need to confess to be washed clean. Ephesians 5:26 says we are washed by the washing of the Word.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. —John 1:1
So we know what God says and Who Jesus was and is: The Word. This is how we are washed—once for all, and daily as well.
To me, the feet imply our daily life—our Christian walk. We need to wash those dusty, dirty feet that have led us into some grimy, filthy places where we have sinned.
We do this by what we read and obey in God’s Word.
Each time we fall short of God’s standard for us, all we need to do is confess those sins to Him and we are immediately washed clean.
(1) J. Vernon McGee, Through the Bible with J. Vernon McGee (Nashville:Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1983), 451.