Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Washing of feet



This week, many churches re-enact the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet before the Last Supper. The priest washes the feet of 12 people representing the disciples. You can bet that the chosen 12 have ensured that their feet, (or foot, because usually one foot is washed to speed the whole procedure), are/is as clean as could be, to avoid embarrassment during the re-enactment.

At the time of Jesus, however, things were different. Streets were not as modern and clean as they are now in our towns and cities. They were dusty, muddy if it rained, and no doubt full of deposits from horses, camels and cattle. People wore sandals or even walked in bare feet.

So when they entered a house as guests washing their feet must have been an essential task rather than the symbolism it is in today’s churches. A task left to the servants to undertake.

When Jesus offered, insisted even, in washing His disciples’ feet He was teaching them, and us, a very important lesson.

Here is God Himself, born in poverty, raised in poverty, living in poverty, submitting Himself to perform a task reserved for servants.

Perhaps the disciples didn’t understand the significance of what Jesus had just done. Maybe we don’t understand it ourselves right now.

Yet, He was preparing for an even greater submission and humiliation for us.

Dying a most horrible and painful death on the Cross.

Just for us.

14 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post! This lesson has always reminded me of a call to service. Wishing you well!

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    1. Thank you Cathy.

      Wishing you and yours a Blessed Easter.

      God bless.

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  2. The washing of feet - perfect image of a servant King.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus, for showing us how to be humble and serve others.
    Blessings, Victor!

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    1. Amen, Martha.

      Best wishes to you and your family for Easter.

      God bless.

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  3. We are here to serve not to be served!
    I am so very thankful to be able to serve a risen Savior.

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    1. I agree Happyone. May you have a splendid Easter.

      God bless you and yours.

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  4. We are called to a servant-life. Beautiful post.

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    1. Yes indeed we are, Terri.

      Have a wonderful Easter with your family and friends.

      God bless.

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  5. A good reminder why we are here, we are here to serve and do our best for God and mankind.

    Have a wonderful Easter Victor.

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    1. Well said, Bill.

      Wishing you joy and happiness to you and yours this Easter.

      God bless you all.

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  6. A couple of years ago I had the honor of being selected as one of those for the Holy Thursday foot washing by my pastor. It really felt holy.

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    1. I understand, Manny. I also did many years ago.

      God bless.

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  7. I love this example of humility that Jesus set for us. Beautiful, and practical too.

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    1. Hello Sarah,

      What a pleasant and nice surprise to see you visiting me here. Thank you. Please visit us again. I hope you and your family are well.

      Wishing you a Blessed and Peaceful Easter.

      God bless.

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