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More than a group who gathers on occasion to meet, we are family. We may have the crazy Aunt Linda or the obnoxious Cousin Jim or even the cantankerous Grandpa Bill.
Basin Theology: there were two basins in the last week of Jesus’ life. One used to wash the disciples’ feet, the other Pilate’s hands. Which do you use?
John 13:1–20 ESV
1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. 18 I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19 I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”
Your response to our sin made you want to
2:4—“Mine hour is not yet come.”
7:30—“His hour was not yet come.”
8:20—“His hour was not yet come.”
12:23—“The hour is come that the Son of man should be glorified.”
13:1—“Jesus knew that His hour was come.”
17:1—“Father, the hour is come.”
This setting is at what we traditionally know as the Last Supper. When the devil had already ‘put it into the heart’ of Judas… John uses a phrase that, in the original, included the word ballo which is to throw temptation into. Fiery darts comes later...
The Luke version simply states that the devil had entered into Judas, using a word that means to move into
The Creator is washing the feet of His creatures
Do you remember giving your babies a bath when you first brought them home from the hospital? For mine, bath time was fun time. Care, tenderness,
Remember that God formed mankind with His hands, reaching to take the dust of the earth. Picking up His creation to breath His life into our lungs. We tend to clean up the washing of the feet: dirty roads and sandals. But remember animals, sewage… It does not bother Him to ‘get His hands dirty’ when dealing with us. I wonder why it bothers us…
When God brings someone we consider ‘unlovely’ across our path… are we willing to get our hands dirty? Are we willing TO LOVE getting our hands dirty?
The Teacher washes the feet of His pupils
Jesus washes the feet of His betrayer
It is not as natural an act as the first. A teacher has a place of both honor and authority in relation to his pupils. To disregard that ‘pecking order’ and stoop to wash their feet would have been jarring. Thus Peter’s response. (whole exchange)
You say I am teacher and Lord, and I am...
Once a person has been cleansed by the blood that was shed for their sin, they never have to be cleansed like that again. Once a person is justified by His grace, they are forever justified. They only have to be renewed in the daily cleansing of the work of the Holy Spirit. Peter didnt need his whole body to be washed, only his feet.
Jesus washes the feet of His betrayer
The original says satan ‘threw temptation’ at Judas. This account in says Satan entered/moved in to Judas.
This account in says Satan entered/moved in to Judas
When the accuser fires his fiery darts at us, if our shield of faith is not up, they are allowed to hit us and burn. Once temptation is conceived, it gives birth to sin. >Toehold>Foothold>Stronghold. The devil had prepared Judas beforehand by starting small. Lest we excuse Judas,
1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Human responsibility in is never excused in the bibilcal account. Judas received the darts. Their fire grew and it was warm at first, the prospect of pleasing the Sanhedrin and gaining some wealth. By the time Satan entered him, it wasnt a hostile takeover, he waltzed right in. HOLD UP YOUR SHIELD OF FAITH! Protect yourself and your children! Sin crouches at the door...
But Jesus has been dealing with Satan for a lot longer than what we see in His earthly ministry. He knew His adversary. And He knew that adversary had tempted Judas to do what he was about to do.
even knowing all that, Jesus wrapped a towel around His waist, stooped at the feet of Judas and washed them.
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