Foot WashingOn Thursday of the final week in the life of Jesus we have the stories of the upper room where Jesus observed the Passover meal, washed the disciple’s feet and instituted the meal of the new covenant. John records a long section of the teachings of Jesus in chapters 14-17. We also have the stories of the betrayal by Judas, Jesus praying in Gethsemane, his arrest and illegal night trial conducted by the Jewish Sanhedrin.

Today I want to focus on Jesus washing the feet of the disciples in the upper room as recorded in John 13:1-17 and view it as a picture of the incarnation. We will compare it with Philippians 2:5-11.

  1. Jesus knew that he had come from God and was going to God
    • Jesus is in very nature God
  2. Jesus got up from the meal
    • Jesus, not considering his equality with God something to be grasped, got up from his position of eternal, pre-existent equality with God
  3. Jesus lay aside his outer clothing
    • Jesus left his splendor and glory with the Father
  4. Jesus wrapped a towel around his waist
    • Jesus clothed himself with humanity
  5. Jesus took the position of a slave and washed the disciple’s feet
    • Jesus made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant
  6. Jesus finished his task, put on his clothes and returned to the table
    • Jesus finished his work on earth, ascended to the Father and was exalted to the highest place

So what does this have to do with us?

After washing their feet, Jesus told the disciples:

“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. – John 13:13-17 NIV

Jesus does not call us to sit around discussing the mystery of the incarnation. He calls us to live out that mystery.

He lives in us. The church is his body in the world today.

We are to incarnate the community – and wash feet.

Grace and Peace,

Related Posts from 7 Days Leading Up To Easter

  1. Sunday – What Kind Of Entry Was It?
  2. Monday – 12 Things Children Can Teach Us This Easter
  3. Tuesday – Seeing The Unnoticed
  4. Wednesday – The Calm Before The Storm
  5. Thursday – How Washing The Disciple’s Feet Pictures The Incarnation
  6. Friday – It’s Friday But . . .
  7. Saturday – Between The Cross And The Empty Tomb

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