John Lesson 17 Day 3
6. Peter tells Jesus, “No, you shall never wash my feet!”
“A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” John 13:10
“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.” (NLT emphasis added)
1 John 1:8-9
“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (NLT emphasis added)
“There is a spiritual analogy here. When we get born again, we are washed clean from all sin, even future-tense sin… As we walk through this life, we get our feet dirty and need to clean them occasionally, but we don’t have to ever get that entire body cleansing again. Likewise, our spirits are sanctified and perfected forever (Hebrews 10:10, 14; 12:23), but our outsides get dirty from contact with the world. We do need to purge our minds and consciences from evil works so we can serve the Living God” (Hebrews 9:14). (Andrew Wommack)
“Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.” Hebrews 9:14 NLT
I am redeemed—
—forgiven, cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, born of his Spirit—my sin-stained garment replaced by a clean, white robe of his righteousness. I passed from death into eternal life.
“What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
“Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.” Galatians 2:19-21 (MSG)
7. Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords humbled Himself.
“As a way to show hospitality, the Jews had a servant wash the feet of their guests. Jesus took on the humble role of a slave when He washed His disciple’s feet. If we don’t follow this example of Jesus and serve, instead of being served, we are making ourselves greater than Him. If people understood this, there would be no such things as dictators and manipulators in church leadership.” Andrew Wommack
Jesus actions also represent a symbolic act that would have been familiar to the Jews, but his disciples did not catch on at that time. As Jesus said to Peter in John 13:7, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“By removing their sandals and washing their feet, Jesus was showing them that he was granting them a new inheritance—his own. The sandal is often used in covenants of inheritance in Hebrew culture. Every defilement would be removed so that they could “place the sole of their feet” upon the new covenant inheritance. See Joshua 1:3; Ruth 4:1-12. God likewise told Moses to remove his sandals (Exodus 3:5), for he was about to receive a new inheritance—the holiness of God and the authority that came with it.” Footnote on John 13:7 in TPT
8. a. Humility and service
Jesus demonstrated the full measure of his love for his own by humbling himself. It is one thing to sigh and do what you have to do to care for a sick or elderly family member.
To serve in true humility and love requires us to humble ourselves, rid ourselves of pride and arrogance, and stoop lower.
b. Serving others
Care-giving has been ongoing my entire life. My mother was sick from the time I was eleven until she passed away when I was eighteen. I was in school, so I did not do as much as could have and should have, but I was called upon to help with housekeeping, cooking, waiting on my mom, and looking after myself since my mother was unable.
Next I raised our children, then helped one of my sons with his six children. My husband’s mother also lived with us for several years.
My first time through the study of John, I was caring for my dad whose mind was failing. He transitioned to his eternal home in 2018.
This summer, 2023, my husband made four trips to the hospital. He is still under treatment for two serious conditions. This week, a new health challenge arose. I’m serving him by managing his healthcare, driving him when necessary, attending to his day to day needs, and encouraging him through this difficult season.
A new assignment is a widowed mother of two. It is quite a joy, really. My assignment is not only to intercede, but to offer practical support. The Lord has given me such a deep love for her and her children. They are a joy to be around and so zealous for the Lord. We have wonderful, deeply spiritual conversations. They are so appreciative, something often missing when serving family.
After this, life when our works are tried by fire, we may be surprised by which of our works go up in smoke and the ones that do not—some that seemed so insignificant. Many acts of service go unnoticed and are taken for granted.
I pray that among my works, many are gold, silver and precious jewels and few merely wood, hay or straw. (1 Corinthians 3:12)
My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 17 Day 3