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Thursday, September 28, 2017

John 13: 4-5, 8

Jesus rose from supper...and began to wash the disciple' feet... Peter said to Him, "You shall never wash my feet!"
John 13: 4-5, 8

In the middle of a most touching act toward his disciples, Peter seemingly side tracks Jesus' purpose and obscures the point. Just as Jesus was giving the most poignant lesson on humble service, Peter raises rude objections and totally spoils the moment…or does he?

Jesus clearly stated his main point: "If I then, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you"(John 13:14-15).

But I don't believe Peter's objections took Jesus by surprise. I believe Jesus is using Peter to highlight a deeper lesson. After Peter said, "You shall never wash my feet," we are not left to wonder about how significant a mistake it was. Jesus responded calmly, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with me."

To this, Peter overreacts with the suggestion that Jesus should give him a bath. But then Jesus explains the true significance: "He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean" (John 13:10).

Here, Jesus tips his hand to the deeper lesson. Peter was already completely clean from the permanent penalty of his sin but would need his feet to be washed periodically because he would continue to sin as long as he was in this world. And so will we. So we should wash one another's feet spiritually too (as well as allow our feet to be washed).

Tom Day



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