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01/22/2013

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Humility Too


"Jesus answered, 'Unless I wash you, you have no part of me'" (Jn.13:8b).

After all that Peter had been through in his three years with Jesus, he still felt the need to dictate terms to Him. Today's verse is a part of Jesus' response to Peter's refusal to allow Him to wash his feet. It doesn't seem that any of the other disciples had a problem with the foot-washing except Peter, but as we get to know him in the Bible, his stand is probably not surprising to us. He reacted much the same way to Jesus when He told the disciples of His impending death. "Never, Lord! This shall never happen to you!" (Matt.16:8). There may be a time in out lives when we are a called to dictate terms in some situation, but never to the Lord! In very certain terms, Jesus lets Peter and us know that His way is the only way. He says that unless we are the humble people that we ought to be, there is no room for us in His kingdom. Peter then says to Jesus that He shouldn't stop at his feet but should wash his hands and feet too. Ah Peter... He just doesn't get it! I believe that there are multiple lessons that Jesus was teaching here. The obvious one is about the humble services that we ought to perform for others as a matter of course in our lives. Through that humble service toward others, we are serving the Lord. A more subtle lesson here is about our need for continual washing from Jesus. By the washing their feet He was symbolizing the need for an ongoing relationship with Him. It does not stop at just one foot washing, but continues every day. We are in constant need of the cleansing that only comes from Him. Jesus was reassuring His disciples and us that He is the one that makes us really clean...

Have a wonderful day... Do good... Give HIM the credit and glory... Love mark Phil.4:11

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