Jesus…….Christ……..Son of God……Prince of Peace…….Messiah……..God with Us …….. Yeshua……..Savior……Lamb of God……..Friend!! This man, this God, this being that loved, lived and died to be raised again so that I may love, live and NOT die. I want to KNOW, UNDERSTAND and LIVE what HE said, what HE lived!! So I am digging in the Gospels starting with John, I am taking notice and keeping track of what He said because that tells me how He lived, who He is and it reveals His Father!!
Do you really know what all your Savior said, and how he truly lived? Journey with me, let us really “HEAR” Him so we can really “SEE” Him!!
So what did I hear and see? (What Jesus said is from the New American Standard and my words are in blue)
7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand (J)hereafter.” 8 Peter *said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “(K)If I do not wash you, (L)you have no part with Me.” 9 Simon Peter *said to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” 10 Jesus *said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and (M)you are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For (N)He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, “Not all of you are clean.”
Jesus said “If I do not wash you, you have no part with me” If we do not accept Jesus and are washed clean by His blood we have no part in the Kingdom of God with Him, Jesus continued to go beyond the physical to the spirit when He stated that “Not all of you are clean” because even though He was cleaning the outside He was speaking of being clean on the inside.
Why did Jesus make the reference that if you have bathed, you only need to wash feet, but your completely clean? When He washes us with His blood we are completely clean; why then the comment of needing to wash the feet??? (Please share any thoughts you have about this statement from Jesus.)
12 So when He had washed their feet, and (O)taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me (P)Teacher and (Q)Lord; and [b]you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, (R)the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I gave you (S)an example that you also should do as I did to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, (T)a slave is not greater than his master, nor is (U)one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, you are (V)blessed if you do them. 18 (W)I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have (X)chosen; but it is (Y)that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘(Z)HE WHO EATS MY BREAD HAS LIFTED UP HIS HEEL AGAINST ME.’ 19 From now on (AA)I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that (AB)I am He. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, (AC)he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”
Was this washing of feet a true command that the majority of the body isn’t obeying or did He only mean it as an example of being humble no matter the position you may hold?
He clearly tells us that if we belong to His body; we are to accept each other, which I believe means, even if there are a few differences on the inside or outside. When we accept each other we are receiving Him and therefore we receive the Father. This is how it should be in the body of Christ; accepting one another therefore we would be loving one another.
21 When Jesus had said this, He (AD)became troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, that (AE)one of you will [c]betray Me.” 22 The disciples began looking at one another, (AF)at a loss to know of which one He was speaking. 23 There was reclining on (AG)Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, (AH)whom Jesus loved. 24 So Simon Peter *gestured to him, and *said to him, “Tell us who it is of whom He is speaking.” 25 He, (AI)leaning back thus on Jesus’ bosom, *said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus then *answered, “That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him.” So when He had dipped the morsel, He *took and *gave it to Judas, (AJ)the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 After the morsel, (AK)Satan then (AL)entered into him. Therefore Jesus *said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” 28 Now no one of those reclining at the table knew for what purpose He had said this to him. 29 For some were supposing, because Judas (AM)had the money box, that Jesus was saying to him, “Buy the things we have need of (AN)for the feast”; or else, that he should (AO)give something to the poor. 30 So after receiving the morsel he went out immediately; and (AP)it was night.
Think about the fact that Jesus walked closely; ate with, spoke to, taught and loved the one who He knew would betray Him. Could we do that; would we even want to do that?
31 Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus *said, “Now [d]is (AQ)the Son of Man (AR)glorified, and (AS)God [e]is glorified in Him; 32 [f]if God is glorified in Him, (AT)God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately. 33 (AU)Little children, I am with you (AV)a little while longer. (AW)You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 A (AX)new commandment I give to you, (AY)that you love one another, (AZ)even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 (BA)By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The only way for people to truly know we belong to the Father; is if we love as He did, as He still does! It is not how often we go to church, if we go to a home church or in a typical church building, that we quote scriptures word for word, if we feed the hungry, visit the sick, don’t watch rated R movies, etc.. Do we really love; that is what matters. We can do a lot of good things but when we look into our heart; are we doing it because we love or because we know it is a good thing to do? If we really love the way Jesus commands; would the world, America and the body of Christ look the same or different from it does right now?
36 Simon Peter *said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “(BB)Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but (BC)you will follow later.” 37 Peter *said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You right now? (BD)I will lay down my life for You.” 38 Jesus *answered, “Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, (BE)a rooster will not crow until you deny Me three times.
There is no pretending with God; deceiving Him, convincing Him because we are convincing ourselves of something. God knows us inside and out; He knows every thought we have ever had and will have, He knows everything we have done and will ever do. We can never surprise Him; what is beautiful and not disturbing about that, is that He loves us no matter what!!