Friday, December 21, 2018

Washing Each Other’s Feet

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John 13:10 (NET)
Jesus replied, “The one who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not every one of you.”

Read John 13:1-17

We know that the one Jesus referred to here as not being clean was Judas Iscariot. Was it that Judas didn't have a physical bath like the others? Or was it that Jesus didn't physically wash Judas' feet like He did the others?

This clearly proves that what Jesus demonstrated in washing His disciple’s feet had a deep spiritual meaning.

Jesus told his disciples in John 15:3 that: 'You are clean already because of the word that I have spoken to you'. So we can see that being clean is not physical but spiritual. And the way through which are clean is by believing the word of God that brings faith in Christ Jesus.

The feet are the part of the body that can most easily get dirty again, even after the body has been bathed. As we go through this dusty dirty world, our feet can come in contact with dirt and become dirty. (We can limit this by having our feet being shod with the gospel of peace. This means we reveal and do not hide our identity as believers but are ready witnesses of Christ everywhere we go).

Jesus was the one who washed His disciples’ feet. He has instructed us to wash each other’s feet in the same way (see John 13:14).

As we deal with believers, we may observe some lapses and faults or backslidings. We are not to be condemnatory or judgmental; we are to carefully wash their feet by interceding for them and by sometimes admonishing them with the Word in love. This is a very important aspect of our Kingdom life.

Remember that Jesus interceded for His disciples. He knew that the devil wanted to destroy Peter, but because of His intercession for Peter, Peter was restored (see Luke 22:31-32).

Is there a brother or sister close to you that you notice is backsliding? The Lord Jesus expects you to wash his/her feet: intercede and do not condemn. You can’t do both.
—Pst. Abraham Damilola Arigi

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