156. Jesus washes the disciples’ feet- John 13:1-17
-Jesus gives a teaching to His disciples and all of us in humility and service unto others by washing His disciples feet at the Last Supper. Peter, wanting to show Him respect, told Him not to wash his feet ever, but the Lord told him he would have no share (part) with Him if he didn’t allow this. Peter recanted his demand at this point, and Jesus declared His disciples clean except the son of perdition (John 17:12). Jesus at the end asked them if they understood what He did to them and then instructed them as their Lord and Teacher to do the same for others. He had given them and us an example of servitude to follow unto all generations. Some denominations have gone so far as to make this a church ordinance in their liturgical practices (The Church of God is one). *Application* Whether or not your church practices feet washing as a sign of humility and a servant’s heart should make no difference in your attitude towards helping others just as Jesus did. This teaching should prick our consciences to look for needs in our brothers and sisters and to be self-sacrificing to the point of meeting those needs that we perceive. We are not our own in the body of Christ. Serve one another (Galatians 5:13-14).
Verse to Memorize- John 13:17
157. A new commandment- John 13:34-35
-Jesus gives His disciples and all of us who follow Him a new commandment, which is really an ancient one (Leviticus 19:18) that summed up what the LORD was all about (1 John 4:8). He told them to simply love one another just as He had loved them. He instructed that if they do this, all people will know that we are His disciples. *Application* This is simple, straight-forwarding teaching, but it has proven difficult to carry out for us stubborn, hard-hearted, and self-seeking people. Too often we want our own way and don’t care enough about our brothers and sisters here in the world, especially of the household of faith. Let love be your overriding emotion and action throughout the course of your journey through life. It is what the Savior commanded, isn’t it? Love brings healing, hate and selfishness brings hurt. Let your forbearing spirit be of love (Philippians 2:1-2).
Verses to Memorize- John 13:34-35