Christ Washing the Disciples' Feet
Jesse M. Hendley
Friends, one of the most blessed pictures in the Word of God is in John 13, where we see Jesus washing the feet of His disciples.
"Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things unto His Hands and that He was come from God and went to God; He riseth from supper and laid aside His garments and took a towel and girded Himself. 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."
We see here the CONDESCENSION of our Lord Jesus Christ in His relationship to His apostles. We read that Jesus riseth from supper and took a towel and girded Himself. Jesus took the place of a household slave. The GOD, in Whose Hands are all men's lives, the God of the universe, the Creator, the Sustainer of all things and all beings, has now humbled Himself to the most menial task, kneeling before His very apostles. This action reveals the Heart of the Lord Jesus Christ, and thereby, the Heart of God for man. For this is none less than GOD, stooping to wash the feet of man. That, friends, is condescension.
You remember that David said, "Thy condescension hath made me great." And so it is, friends, for there is no greatness apart from God. If God had not stooped to meet our need, in sending Jesus Christ, we'd never have had the greatness of His Salvation. Behold, then, Jesus Christ Himself rising from supper and taking the towel and girding Himself and washing the feet of His disciples. I say again, this was Condescension.
Another thing we see is the GRACE of the Lord Jesus Christ. We learn that in His relationship to one ma ...
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