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 revealed that a disciple would betray Him, the others wondered which one this meant.
By giving Judas the dipped bread—said to be a custom of graciousness, it’s been thought that Jesus was giving him a chance to repent.
But 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 NASB
“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 NASB
“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.’” Matthew 26:27-28 NASB
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB
“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 Your enemies a footstool for Your 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 NASB)
Jesus’ blood, the cleansing flood…