Heavenly Father, we pray for your help, anointing, and spiritual gifting to understand scripture, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
John 13:1- 17, the upper room discourse, Part 1.
V V 1-2, 1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus
Jesus ended His public ministry. From chaptersv14-16, He ministered privately to His disciples. John 13 is the equivalent of the last supper of the synoptic gospels. In John 13, Jesus washed the disciple’s feet during this meal on Maundy Thursday.
VV 3-5, Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Jesus knew that He will be returning to the Father. He washed His disciple’s feet to show how much He love them. In first-century Israel, a servant washed the guest’s and the master’s feet before a meal. Jesus took on a servant’s role. He removed His outer garment, wrapped a towel on His waist, washed His disciple’s feet, and wiped them dry.
VV 6-11, 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet. ”Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” 9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
When Jesus came to wash Peter’s feet, he protested, saying, do not wash my feet but my whole body. Jesus replied that only his feet required to be washed. Christians are justified, but feet becomes dirty through walking in the world. Christians “wash their feet” by applying 1 John 1:9, “‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
VV 12-14, 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.
Christ commands His disciples, and us, to minister and love people, especially Christians. Galatians 6: 9-10, ‘’Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.’’
VV 15-17, 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Washing other people’s feet is an example of servanthood. A servant cannot be greater than his master. A messenger cannot be greater than the message. You will be blessed if you minister and serve other people by teaching, praying, witnessing, encouraging, loving, comforting, sharing, and so on.