John 13:1-17

Today’s Scripture: John 13:1-17 (S.O.A.P. John 13:14-15)

Question of the Day: Why do you think Jesus chose to wash the feet of His disciples?

Washing the Disciples’ Feet – Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that his time[a] had come to depart[b] from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end.[c] The evening meal[d] was in progress, and the devil had already put into the heart[e] of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, that he should betray[f] Jesus.[g] Because Jesus[h] knew that the Father had handed all things over to him,[i] and that he had come from God and was going back to God, he got up from the meal, removed[j] his outer clothes,[k] took a towel and tied it around himself.[l] He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel he had wrapped around himself.[m]

Then he came to Simon Peter. Peter[n] said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash[o] my feet?” Jesus replied,[p] “You do not understand[q] what I am doing now, but you will understand[r] after these things.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet!”[s] Jesus replied,[t] “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”[u] Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, wash[v] not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus replied,[w] “The one who has bathed needs only to wash his feet,[x] but is completely[y] clean.[z] And you disciples[aa] are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 (For Jesus[ab] knew the one who was going to betray him. For this reason he said, “Not every one of you is[ac] clean.”)[ad]

 So when Jesus[ae] had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, he took his place at the table[af] again and said to them, “Do you understand[ag] what I have done for you? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and do so correctly,[ah] for that is what I am.[ai] 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example[aj]—you should do just as I have done for you. 16 I tell you the solemn truth,[ak] the slave[al] is not greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent as a messenger[am] greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you understand[an] these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

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1 year ago

This was a life principle that was to become the code of conduct of all Christians. Jesus laid aside His eternal glory for this time of humility and grace to wash his disciples feet. They say actions speak louder than words and by this action we see that the hands that control the universe humbly washed the dirty feet of 12 undeserving apostles.
There is no task that is beneath us to do for Christ’s sake.
I got stuck on the words in verse 1 that said “unto the end”. Christ loved us to completion – the cross. Left to our own human resources , this kind of love and forgiveness would be inconceivable. But it is possible because of the ONE who loved us fully and completely, the ONE who loved us “to the end”.

1 year ago

God was leading by example. He showed himself to be humble and wanted his disciples to humble themselves to each other.