Wash My Feet? Part 1 of 5

A beautiful account of true humility is given in John 13:4-11. Jesus took on the role assigned to a servant and instructed His Apostles to follow this example. The son of God laid aside His outer clothing, donned a towel and washed the feet of twelve men. Why?

They were dusty from traveling. They would feel refreshed from such bathing. It also showed the attitude of head and heart that true followers of Jesus should display.

Symbolically, the dust represented humanity.. We came from dust and return to dust (Gen. 2:7; 3:19;18:27; Ps. 103:14; Eccl. 3:20). So what human characteristics might have been represented by this dust?

~Betrayal as seen in Judas Iscariot who was given three opportunities to change his mind: when Jesus first exposed the plan for His betrayal, when he received the sop and when Jesus spoke, “What you are about to do, do quickly.”

~Denial and arrogance as seen in Peter.

~Slowness to comprehend as seen in Thomas. Jesus told the Apostles that He was going to prepare a place for them and would return for them. Jesus stated a truth in v.4, “You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas’ response was, “Lord, we don’t know where You are going so how can we know the way?”

~Lack of intimacy as seen in Philip. His request was, “Lord, show us the father and that will be enough for us (v.8)”. Grief answered, “Don’t you know Me, Philip? I have been with you long enough for you to understand. Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father (v9).

Strange, isn’t it? Even after washing twelve pairs of feet, not one of the men returned the act of hospitality. Jesus’ feet were dusty. They would have felt better after a washing. But no one washed His feet.

As a result, Jesus carried the Dust of Humanity to the cross and then to the tomb.

Part 2-Wash Jesus’ Feet?

Part 3-Dust of a Different Nature

Part 4-Crucifixion and Burial

Part 5-Cross And Tomb