Foot Washing

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

In our churches, the foot washing is observed as a ceremony. A little knowledge in the eastern culture will help us to be more effective in life, than to be ceremonial white sepulchers. If we are wealthy enough to have a servant in our home, if we take a journey in a dusty path, as we reach home, me may sit in a bench and the servant wash your tired dusty feet. If you are not wealthy, you wash your feet yourself. It is symbolical. It is reversal here that the master wash the feet of his disciple, instead of the disciple wash the feet of the master. They did not come from outside, but were sitting in supper. It is not usual. "John 13:4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 5 After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.. 10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. 11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. 12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord;" Here, Jesus Christ washed the feet of his disciples and told them to wash the feet of each other, even the feet of their servants. We can very easily take this to observe it as a ceremony, as our churches do it. In churches, they are not washing dirty feet, but the feet are clean wrapped up in socks and shoes. There is nothing to clean. But the truth of the matter is this. Jesus Christ teaches two things here. 1. He says that most of you are clean, except the feet (walk of life), but some of them are not clean at all (like Judas, no use to wash their feet, they are dirty all over). The washing refers to correcting their sins in life, but not the dust on their feet. 2. It is not just to wash the feet, but it is the servitude. You are a servant, help each other, even masters serve servants, and it is what you must do in life. 

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