Summary: The disciples were looking for a position of honor or a place of privilege at the table. They were rushing to get a good seat. It seems that Jesus waited until all were seated and while it was fresh in their minds and then John 13:4
It was the night before when in the upper room Jesus and the disciples meet for the last supper. As they came into that room each one passed by a basin and a pitcher full of water.
Every one of those disciples knew what that pitcher of water and basin was there for.
It was the job of the servant of the household to wash the feet of the guess as they entered. If there was no servant of the house it was a custom for one of the guess to take on the task. The disciples were looking for a position of honor or a place of privilege at the table. They were rushing to get a good seat. It seems that Jesus waited until all were seated and while it was fresh in their minds and then
The bible says in
Joh 13:4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
Joh 13:5 After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
I’m sure you could have heard a pin drop as Jesus takes off His garments and puts that towel around His waist and I would say that the water pouring out of that pitcher sounded like a water fall to each one as it hit that basin. Jesus layed aside His garments of glory to be a servant.
Foot washing represents the fellowship with Christ…..not relationship…you see when we came to the cross and ask Jesus into our life we were washed all over…thats is a bath…a regeneration ..the feet represent the walk in this world they get dirty …we become disobedient and sin gets into our life….i don’t believe anyone can go thru a day without making some kind of sin…..in order to have our feet washed we must confess our sin…when we confess our sin the Bible says He is faithful and just to forgive
but that’s not all…we must put our feet in the hands of the Saviour….we cant just ask forgiveness and keep on sinning….…confessing is agreeing with God. that you are a sinner. That’s the hardest part for a saint is admitting that their a sinner.
In verse 17 of John 13 says
Joh 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
If you want absolute joy in our life…confess your sins
You know that’s a lot of the problem with some congregations in our churches today…we have a head full of doctrine but our feet smell…there’s nothing must worse then smelly feet.
We need to confess our sins…..the way to start a revival is to draw a circle around ourselves and that’s were the revival starts…it begins with each one getting feet washed.
Jesus said in
John 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
What did He mean by that?
Paul tells us in
Ga 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted
That means when a brother in Christ falls into sin, he is to be brought back into fellowship with Christ by one who is spiritual.
Beating him on the head and criticizing him is not washing his feet. …...To restore means to wash his feet.