John 13:1-8 New International Version
Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet 13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
Saturday - August 7
Washing feet was the job of the lowest servant in a household, definitely not something an honored guest like Jesus would do. They walked around in sandals and bare feet all the time! On dusty roads where donkeys, mules, cows, goats and sheep all did what animals do! Like Naaman, Peter did not understand what this incredible act of humility and washing meant. He did not understand that Jesus had come to die on a brutal, disgusting, bloody cross in order to wash away the true “leprosy” of sin that has infected and destroyed our hearts. Jesus came to forgive our sins and make us new. With our sins washed away we are created/born new as children of God (John 3) and given God’s promise of favor, which will never be taken away or lost.