This article was first published on facebook
here March 5th 2018.
In John 13 we read the account of
Yeshua washing the disciples' feet. This happened during the time of
the feast of Passover (celebrated this year at the beginning of April). We
note that even up until this very day, in this annual ceremony, before the
Passover meal (seder), the person leading the Seder washes his hands and
the hands of others. Yeshua went even further and washed their feet! Why
would He do this, and how did Peter react?
Guy Cohen Congregational Leader
Peter initially objects to Yeshua washing his feet, something normally done
by the lowest servants. I can relate to his negative reaction. Having
someone you respect and look up to wash your feet is a humbling experience.
I can't imagine how I would feel if that person was the Lord. Yet once
Yeshua explains, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me,"
Peter enthusiastically receives this service (John 13:9).
After washing their feet, Yeshua returns to the table where they continue
to eat and talk. He asks if they really know what he's just done for
them. Yeshua then shares with His disciples the reasoning behind his
actions - that we should serve one another regardless of our station.
However there is an additional dimension even beyond humbly serving. In
verse 18 Yeshua makes a troubling statement, "... He who eats bread with
Me has lifted up his heel against Me." He is referring to the
fulfillment of Psalm 41:9. "Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted,
who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me." Yeshua said He
just washed the feet of someone who is betraying Him! It's one thing
to forgive "regular dirt". It would be another thing altogether, to forgive
"dirt" that a friend might hurl directly in our face!
Is it possible that this could happen to us? Do we ever feel betrayed? And
do we ever see the dirt clinging to another disciple of Yeshua? If so, may
God give us the heart of grace to follow Yeshua's example and obey His
words: "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. Most assuredly, I say to
you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent
greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if
you do them" (John 13:13-17).
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There have been comments to this article ...
04:38pm 29Mar18, Liv Hicks: Yeshua forgave and forgave and forgave ... he was pressed out
for our sins. Amazing.
12:22pm 30Mar18, Andrea Gabriel-la Jone-Jackson: Thank you for this article. This is much needed.
12:09pm 31Mar18, Uta Schmidt: Many people feel good to wash somebodys head. It helps their
ego. But to wash peoples feet can be lifesaving. Washing the
head gives often a spiritual cold. Washing the feet gives us
a warm heart. Don't fear to be betrayed. The servant is
not over the Master.
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