“Following in the footsteps of Jesus” showing full extent of our love to our family in Christ

The Lord revealed to my heart that we need to follow His example of how He showed the disciples his love for them.  This one thing we are lacking to do in remembrance of Him.  Jesus told us to break bread in fellowship with one another regarding the Lord’s supper, but before this, Jesus humbled himself as a servant to his disciples to wash their feet.  Then He explained how they don’t understand what He did but will at a later time and further told of how they called Him Lord which is true, but also He showed them an example to follow regarding love for one another.  Though we do have the Lord’s supper in dividing the bread for remembrance of the Lord’s body and drinking the cup regarding the new covenant in His blood, we are not washing one another’s feet in showing love for one another like He has done in John 13: 1-17  It was just before the Passover Feast.  Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father.  Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.  The evening meal was being  served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.  Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciple’s feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”  Jesus replied,  You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”  “No, ” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”  Jesus answered,  Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”  “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”  Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean.  And you are clean, though not every one of you.”  For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.  When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place.  “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.  “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”  

Jesus is clearly telling us that we are no better than him to wash one another’s feet to show love like He has done.  Jesus, being our Lord set the example to the disciples He taught while on this earth before His death on the cross.  The disciples continued the teaching of Jesus to other disciples that believed in the gospel message when they were alive on this earth, and now the words of Jesus are still true and do not change.  Paul instructed Timothy regarding widows and taught washing the feet of the saints along with many other good deeds in 1 Timothy 5:9-10 No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.    As disciples of Jesus, we should continue to hear and do what Jesus commanded us to do in John 13:34-35  “A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” 

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