This is the Bible Story of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples before the Last Supper. Discover the events of the story from the Bible below and what we can learn from this example of Jesus.

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1. Jesus Washing the Disciples' Feet.

Before the Last Supper, Jesus arose, laid aside His garments, gathered Himself with a towel, poured water into a basin, and began to wash and wipe the feet of the disciples.

2. Peter's Objection.

"Simon Peter .... saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered... What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt understand hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet." Whereupon Jesus said:

"If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me."

3. Jesus Explains.

Peter now goes to the other extreme and desires complete washing. Jesus answers "He that is bathed needeth not save to wash his feet." Jesus was not instituting a new symbol to take the place of baptism, to cleanse the entire person, but clearly distinguishes between the bathing of the entire body and the partial cleansing needed after the bath.

4. The Command.

"If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet" (John 13:14), "I have given you an example, that ye also should do as I have done to you" (John 13:15). "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them".

By washing the feet of His disciples, Jesus demonstrated the way we should live by serving others in the name of the Lord. Jesus truly embodied humility and love for His neighbors as we should aim to emulate His example.

"Israel can be a dusty place, and sandaled feet get filthy walking to and fro. In ancient times, a person entering a home removed his sandals and cleaned his feet. Or if the homeowners were wealthy, servants would do the washing. This distasteful but necessary task fell to the worker of lowest position in the household. Imagine the disciples’ surprise when the Son of God put Himself in the role of a lowly servant and knelt to wash their feet. The need for such a service was great, as they had been traveling for some time. But not one of them offered to do it.

Jesus did more than fill a need; He offered an object lesson. As He explained, “I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you” (John 13:15, NLT). Some churches have incorrectly interpreted this as a command to make foot washing an ordinance. But it’s possible to clean someone else’s skin without contemplating the significance of Christ’s actions. In fact, the act itself is not the main point; attitude is what counts. Jesus desires that we be willing to humble ourselves to serve others. He is looking for men and women who will ignore pride, position, and power in order to do whatever must be done, wherever it needs doing, and for whoever requires assistance.

Jesus performed His greatest and most humble acts of service within 24 hours of each other. He washed dirty feet using two hands that would be pierced by nails in less than a day. The message here is that every task God gives us is important to His kingdom." - Taken from “Clean Feet, Clean Heart” by Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries (used by permission).

Why Did Jesus Wash the Feet of His Disciples?

Full Transcript of the Video Above:

"In John 13, Jesus is washing the disciples' feet. In today's time, we don't see a lot of people washing feet, but the concept here is that He's serving. He was showing them an act of service to them. It was something a servant would have done. It wasn't something that the creator of the world would do, or a king would do. But Jesus as the leader got down and did a dirty job because He was showing love for them and service for them.

I do a lot of study on leadership. And as I think about being a leader, one of the most important things we can do is to also serve. Instead of giving orders, it is to be down there with the people and serving. And we are to serve each other, and I believe through that act of service. Certainly, the disciples saw that Jesus was serving them, but we also transfer that into the little things that we do, and we serve Christ by living out who He is in our lives by little bitty acts of service."

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