Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him. If I wash thee not, thou has no part with me – John 13:8.
Wash – Cleanse with water, to take away.
During the time Jesus’ walked upon the earth there were no knives or forks used at the table, washing of the hands before and after meals was necessary. Because of the dust and heat of the Eastern climate, washing of feet on entering a house was an act of respect to the visitor, and refreshment to the traveler.
Washing guests feet was a job for a household servant when guests arrived, but Jesus gave an example of a servant to His disciples as He washed their feet. Jesus washing the disciple feet was two-fold. First, washing the disciples feet was a slave’s task, so Jesus washed His disciples feet out of humility, and to teach them the principle of servant leadership. That’s what leadership is about, it’s the serving of others. Secondly, foot washing symbolized cleansing.
Jesus came to wash away our sins through the shedding of His blood and to be an example to us of what a son or daughter should be. Attending church does not cleanse our sins, excepting and believing that Jesus is the Son of God will validate us children of God. There is no other name that one can be saved by other than the Son and the name of Jesus (Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved – Acts 4:12). Once we believe and accept salvation then there is work we must do to become disciples of Jesus Christ.
We have to do more than just believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the devils believe that is one God (You believe that there is one God, you do well, even the demons believe and tremble – James 2:19! They tremble, but they don’t follow God’s instructions although they believe. When we have been washed by the blood of Jesus there will be a change in our hearts and spirits as well as our soul. When this change comes it will not be hard for us to deny ourselves and reject sin in our lives. To be a disciple of Jesus, we must deny ourselves and come subject to the teaching of Jesus (Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me – Matthew 16:24).
Peter was a disciple of Jesus, he had seen and heard the teachings of Jesus. Peter was with Jesus on the mountain when Jesus was transfigured, Peter was with Jesus when Jesus healed Jarius’ daughter. Peter was also with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane prior to Jesus’ death, but when things got too hot for Peter, he denied he knew Jesus. Rather than standing up for what he believed, and not care about would happen to him as a disciple of Jesus, he lied and denied.
That’s why prior to Jesus death at the Last Supper, Jesus instructed Peter that He had prayed for him because Jesus knew Peter, He knew the things that would come and test his faith, Jesus knew Peter better than Peter knew himself (But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren – Luke 22:32). Just as Jesus prayed for Peter, He has also prayed for us, He knows the different trials, tribulations, hurts, and disappoints as well as sin that will come to test our faith. Be encouraged and know that God will strengthen you when you place your faith in Him and not what you see, hear, or feel.
As Christians, we sometime categorize sin such as adultery and fornication, but fear is just as much a sin. Fear is the opposite of faith and without faith we can not please God. When we have truly been washed, we don’t fear what people will say about us as a Christian, we don’t fear rejection and persecution. Believe it or not rejection and persecution is one of the benefits we receive as Christians, there are good benefits and there are bad benefits. All the benefits we receive whether they are good or bad will work together for our good to produce the Fruit of the Spirit.
When we’re going through trials and tribulations we can’t fear. You must know the One that allowed the trial or tribulation will be there for you to walk you through to the exit. Just as there was an entrance there will always be an exit. He’s the One that will never leave or forake you. It’s not denying the fact of what you’re going through, but knowing who will bring you through with the victory!
If we’re professing to be Christians then we need to live a life that displays our discipleship to God and not being a part-taker of the world’s sin. We can’t live our lives as a nonbeliever and think we have fellowship with God. Disciples submit themselves to the written Word of God. Disciples commune with God on a daily basis. Disciples read and study the Word of God to know what is expected of them as sons and daughters. To be washed is to become one with God (Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as we are – John 17:11).
Salvation is free, Jesus came to save the lost, all one has to do is believe in their heart and confess with their mouth that Jesus is the Son God God, and allow Him to mold and shape them in the image of Him and His Father. Jesus is on His way back to get His church without a wrinkle, blemish or spot and the only way one can be found that way is to allow Jesus to wash them!