It Is Not Just A Matter Of Feet by Nelson Price

IT IS NOT JUST A MATTER OF FEET
Nelson Price
JOHN 13:1-17
(PAGE 1576, COME ALIVE BIBLE)
8/20/89

Jesus Christ paused to celebrate the Passover with His
disciples on the eve of His execution. It was late
Thursday, the 15th of Nisan, when He assembled with
them to eat the paschal lamb. The location was a well-
guarded secret (Matt. 26: 17 - 19) in the house of a
friend (Mark 14:14). This was done to prevent Judas
from knowing Jesus' location in advance. Jesus
entered that room knowing full well His hour had come.
Of those gathered there it is said, "He loved them to
the end" (Vs. 1). Included was Judas. The word
"loved," AGAPAO, means divine love. It mattered not
what Judas thought of Jesus--he was loved by Jesus. I
don't know what you think of Jesus, but I know He
loves you.

Jesus Christ's ministry to His own is recorded in John
13:1-17. Contained therein are seven secrets for a
happy and productive life in Christ.

Jesus is to die the day after this recorded experience
occurred. This was a time of great stress for Him.
By noting His response to stress, we see how we should
respond. He:

I. SHOWED COMPASSION (Vs. 1)

The disciples were arguing over their positions of
order in His work. (Luke 22:24)

At such a meal, the host normally had a servant to
wash his guest's feet. The towel was the symbol of
servitude.

Jesus laid aside His robes, took the towel, and washed
their feet. This is a picture of humility as noted in
Phil. 2:5-8.

II. SPOKE A COMMAND

Jesus did not command foot-washing. Foot-washing was
an extremely common practice and Jesus said this was a
"new commandment" (Vs. 34).

If it were foot-washing, He would not have said, "What
I am doing you don't understand now" (Vs. 7) and "Do
you know what I have done unto you?" (Vs. 12).

If it were foot-washing He was commanding, He would
not have said, "Do as I have done" (Vs. 15), but would
have said, "Do WHAT ...


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