Foot Washing in The Gospel of John Essay

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Foot Washing in The Gospel of John Christ washed his disciples’ feet that he might give a proof of that great love wherewith he loved them. Christ washed his disciple’s feet that he might signify to them spiritual washing, and the cleansing of the soul from the pollutions of sin. Christ washed his disciple’s feet that he might give an instance of his own wonderful humility, and show how lowly and condescending he was, and let all the world know how low he could stoop in love to his own. Christ washed his disciple’s feet to set before us an example. Foot washing was commonplace in Greco-Roman and the first-century Jewish culture and appears as a ritual of daily cleansing, as a religious act, or as a token of hospitality…show more content…
Verse 1 of John 13 states that “…Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.” This is the cornerstone verse to Jesus’ love for the disciples in these few verses. Jesus loved his disciples the whole time he was with them but the foot-washing is a symbol of his love in action for them. “His own” are the objects of His love; “unto the end” is the extent of His love. He loves us unto “the end” of our miserable failures, unto the “end” of our wanderings and backslidings, unto the “end” of our unworthiness, unto the “end” of our deep need. We should recognize that love itself is unrecognizable. From God’s perspective there is nothing in us to make us remotely desirable. He is holy; we are unholy. He is just; we are unjust. He is loving; we are filled with hatred and all forms of sin. In short, we are sinful and in willfull rebellion against Him. Yet he loves us. In fact, this is so great a marvel that God even uses it to commend His love to us. “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus knew that one of his disciples had already decided to betray him. Another would deny him by the next morning. Even this night, they would

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