Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God, and was going away to God, rising from supper, and laying aside His garments; and taking a towel, girds Himself. Then He is draining water into the basin, and begins washing the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. And so He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, “Lord, You are washing my feet!?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now; but you will understand afterward.” Peter said to him, “Under no circumstances should You be washing my feet in this age!” Jesus answered him, “If ever I should not be washing you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, “Not all of you are clean.” And so when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments, and reclined at table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call out to Me, 'Teacher' and, 'Lord'; and you are right; for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, wash your feet, you also ought to be washing one another's feet. For I have given you an example that you also should be doing as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his lord, neither one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”
Let a widow be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been the wife of one man/faithful to her husband, having a reputation for good works; and if she nourishes children, if she shows hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work.
I Timothy 5:9-10
C L E A N F E E T & H A N D S
You also ought to be washing one another's feet. Being washed with the Word and through your appeal for a clean conscience (once thoroughly washed, baptized to the Name) has prompted the Master to graciously clothe you in Him: the clean garment of righteousness. You're made ready and in preparation for your wedding to the Lamb: a spotless Bride, the reward of His suffering. Along the journey, your foot may stumble into the dirt of sin along the roadside. You are no longer living in/by transgressions, but for the shortfall of sin that clings to our feet: If we confess our sins, the Sovereign One is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Our feet dusty with sin? Return not again to the death waters of another baptism. My brothers and sisters, we ought to forgive one another; confess our sins one to another; in meekness and with unfailing love we wash one another's feet. The blessings and provision in the fullness of His New Covenant for us.
John 13:3-17; 15:3; 20:21-23;II Corinthians 2:10-11; Galatians 3:26-27; Ephesians 4:6; Hebrews 6:1-12; I John 1:9; 2:12; I Peter 3:18-22.
Thursday, when all of us who meet at the woodcarver's each week, met in the evening. 13 of us gathered (7 adults and 6 children) to worship the Lord together and remember Jesus. We began by reading John 13 which describes Jesus taking on the role of a servant, and washing his disciple's feet. We learned from His example about the significance of servanthood and humility. Then we washed one another's feet. The oldest and the youngest all washed another's feet and were washed; an act of humilty and remembering that Jesus humbled Himself to serve. Then we gathered around the table to fellowship and feast. we broke bread together and shared the Lord's supper. for many this was the first time they had ever shared the Lord's supper or even broken bread with other believers this way. It was a very sweet time.
We washed one another’s feet just like how Christ humbled himself and washed the feet of His disciples at the Last Supper. It was our way of committing ourselves to taking care of each other in this community, and making that promise to be open with each other, to share our lives and allow ourselves to be vulnerable in the presence of one another. That made me realise how guarded I can be, how I haven’t really been in keeping with my resolution to let go and let God.
The house was quiet; lights dimmed; candles lit. Bread and wine were set out on the table. When ready, each one drew closer to the table and shared the meal with Jesus. After everyone had taken of the bread and the wine, we washed one another's feet with words of blessing, and anointed Jesus anew with the aroma of words of love, and gratitude, and submission, and obedience, and awe. After several hours, everyone went back to their own homes, having decided to come back together on Friday and again on Saturday.
Last Tuesday we washed one another's feet. There was great joy and intimacy in this: sisters and brothers in separate groups, smiling, laughing past the embarrassment, speaking words of encouragement and appreciation. Friendship encapsulated in the guise of the most honourable position on earth --- that of a servant.