Today I was reading John 13:1-20, the story of Jesus washing the disciple’s feet. My ESV Study Bible commented on Jesus’ response to Peter, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me” 13:8b, stating that Jesus’ foot washing was a symbol of the washing necessary for the forgiveness of sins, in anticipation of Jesus’ death for His people, by which our sins are washed away. As I read, the Holy Spirit brought to mind the topic of forgiveness. Often I’ve heard the story of Jesus’ washing the disciple’s feet as a lesson on/ example of serving one another, but today the invitation to forgive really struck me. Jesus willingly took the posture of humility before the disciples, engaging in an action that was commonly for the lowest servants within a household. It was not an act expected or even thought of for someone like Jesus to perform. Yet He willingly engaged in this action of washing, that leaves us with such a powerful image and example of how to treat one another, both to serve, but also to forgive each other.
Jesus says, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 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. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (vv 14-17).
Christ has washed our feet. He has forgiven us of our sins through the washing of His blood. He says now I have set the example, you go and do what I have done for you…and blessed are you when you do it. There is so much more to be said about this, I hope you take some time today to read the story and really think about the topic of forgiveness and what Jesus has done to purchase yours. Dear sister, if there is anyone(s) you need to forgive today, ask our Master, Jesus to help you get down in that humble posture and do for someone else what He has done for you. Jesus has said, blessed are you when you follow this example that I have given to you.