Monday, March 12, 2012

A Morning Cup of Tea: Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet

Good morning! Today we begin chapter 13 of John. We will focus today on verses one through sixteen.
  Before the Passover, Jesus knew that his time was near. After supper Jesus laid aside his clothes, girded himself with a towel, and began to wash his disciples' feet. He dried them with the towel he had on. When he came to Peter, Peter said to Jesus, Don't wash my feet (v8, my words).  Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. To which Peter replied, Lord, not my feet only, but my hands and my head also.
  I think Jesus was saying there that we should love one another enough to do for one another, but also to allow a loved one to do for us sometimes. I also think there was symbolism in what Jesus said. When we are baptized, it is done in Jesus name. If we are not washed in the blood, we are not his. Of course we know that when we are baptized it should be a full immersion, a burial to sin.
  Jesus told Peter that if they are washed, they are clean --free of sin. He said they were clean, but not all. He already knew one would betray him. We will look more into that tomorrow.
  We don't wash one another's feet today, which was a courtesy shown to traveling guests back then, but we do certain things in hospitality. We provide a room for guests staying overnight, and we give them a chance to freshen up before feeding them. In other cases, such as a birth or a death, we bring food, we offer to wash the dishes or vacuum, or just jump right on in and do these things because it is a help. We do these things because we love one another. Sometimes though a person may want to help but not know what to do. When asked, tell them what would really help --folding the laundry, sweeping the front porch, take the older kids for an hour or so. 
 Have a great day.

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