From His grand and glorious home in heaven—a place of comfortable rest,
Jesus came down to this earth on a mission, so that mankind could be blessed.
During the last supper with His disciples, likewise, He got up from a comfortable place, to give Himself to serving.
Just as He would be stripped and crucified soon, so He set aside His garments, girding Himself with a towel, to cleanse the undeserving.
Pouring water into a basin, He began to wash and wipe the disciples’ feet.
But Peter failed to understand this requirement that Jesus was wanting to meet.
“Never shall you wash my feet!” were his immediate words—an outflow from Peter’s heart.
But Jesus said to Peter that unless He washed them, then, with Him, he would have no part.
At that, Peter told the Lord to wash not only his feet, but also his hands and his head.
So sincere was Peter’s desire to please Him, that he quickly permitted Him to do so instead.
Jesus continued, speaking of being made clean, but said that not all of them were clean.
In his relationship with the Lord, Judas would betray Him, letting Satan come between.
When Jesus shared that one of the disciples would betray Him, the others wondered which one this meant.
Then Jesus gave the dipped bread to Judas, revealing that betrayal was his intent.
Quickly, Judas turned away from the Lord and went out into the dark of night—
as many still choose darkness today, sadly, resisting Jesus’ love and Light.
Just as Peter would have had no part with Christ, likewise, it’s the same today…
If anyone doesn’t receive the cleansing from Jesus’ poured-out blood, which takes our sins away,
they will have no part with Christ, our Lord and Savior, who, by His example, taught…
that we, also, should serve one another with love and humility, having received the redemption that He bought.
Jesus loved His disciples to the end; He died for us all, having laid aside His glory.
And, as at that Passover meal, when His task was finished, He sat down…but now He’s seated at His Father’s right hand, in completion of this true redemption story!
P. A. Oltrogge
“And so when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments, and reclined at table again, He said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right for so I am. If I, then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master; neither one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.’” John 13:12-17
“And sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.’” Mark 9:35
“And while they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat, this is My body.’ And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.’ And after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” Matthew 26:27-28
“…For, indeed, Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.” 1 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
“This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says, ‘The Lord said to My Lord, sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet.’ Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.” (words of Peter from Acts 2:32-36)
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” 1 John 1:7-10 NKJV
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us….” Ephesians 1:7-8
“‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.'” Isaiah 1:18 NIV
Jesus’ blood, the cleansing flood…
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.
(from the hymn, Victory in Jesus, by Eugene Bartlett, Sr.)
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57
Scriptures: NASB, Ryrie Study Bible or as noted