By: Tim Sader
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.
Last week we learned that Christ gave us the advice to be alert, ready and watchful for whatever might get in our way and so we will be ready for His return. The servants were to serve the masters house even in his absence. The good servant is awake and ready when he returns and the master rewarded him for being diligent while he was gone. When a thief breaks in they give no warning so you can be ready just as we get no warning of the Lords return but if we are always prepared we will not be taken by surprise. We must now be watching, we don’t know when but all the signs are mounting so we cannot sleep anymore or we might miss Him when He comes. Whatever end-times scenario you believe just be watchful at all times and then you will be ready. When we are alert the enemy will not be able to sneak in and destroy us. To stay aware we must not be intoxicated by the ways of the world, we will however keep our faith in focus, resist the enemy and when we suffer the Lord will be strong, He will restore us. We once did not know how we should live Christ came so He could show us and provide a way for us to be saved by God’s grace. If we are steadfast in following Him then He will be our hope and we will be ready because we were holy. Daily the end draws closer than it was before but now the signs from biblical prophecy are lining up and soon the end will be here. Now more than ever we should walk in love since it was love that saved us if we will do what it takes to be watchful when He comes we will receive the masters reward.
Our walk is important but as we walk our feet get dirty and we need them cleaned so that when we go, we go on clean feet. In John 13:10-12 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their 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. His disciples were clean meaning they were washing and had not been made ceremonially unclean by their customs. Christ also knew these men and knew that after being with Him they had a clean heart accept for the one who would betray Him. He cleaned their feet as a symbol to stay on the right path by being clean even where you’re most dirty. In Genesis 18:3-5 Abraham said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.” A good servant provides a way for his master and his guests to get clean by washing their feet after traveling so they could be clean and refreshed. This was an expression of hospitality and welcome since mainly people traveled by foot so after a journey or even a walk around town it would make their feet filthy needing to be washed and a good host offered water for them and food for them to refresh. Today’s verse John 13:13-17 says, 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. Very truly I tell you, 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.” Christ though their teacher and master was willing to be their servant and host by washing their feet for many reasons first to show them no master is greater than his servant so to become leaders they too would have to serve. This also shows them that in the way he washed the filthiness from their feet he would wash their sins away and make them completely clean. Him being their host is interesting since in Him we are one so He is our host and we host the Holy Spirit in us to help guide us on the path that keeps us clean.
Ephesians 5:1-2 says, “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” We being completely clean is important, if we walk this path of life if like Jesus walked it we will stay clean by Him washing us. The way He walked that path was by love He loved us enough to come be a man to show us the right way and to give up his life so we could be cleaned by His blood. If we walk in the way of love our path will be clean to since he already washed away our filthiness. Ephesians 6:15 says, “and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Where we take our feet is important if we let ourselves be lead down the wrong path our feet get dirty and we become unclean. The feet are so important that they need to be fitted with the armor of the gospel of peace so they will follow the right path and be protected when we get lost along the way. If peace is our constant companion chances are we are not getting to dirty but where there is no peace we should not stand. Following after peace and walking in love will lead us down a path of clean feet and a pure heart. Matthew 10:13-14 says, “If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.” Where we set our feet we should do our best to bring peace to that place if the place deserves peace. If that place is not a place for peace then be on your way and keep the peace for yourself so peace will not leave you. If you are not welcomed and will not be heard then it says to shake off the dust on that place and keep going so you will go on your way at peace with clean feet. Not all of us have clean feet because we have not all let the Lord wash our filthy sins away by choosing Him. Others are not clean because they will not walk in love and pursue peace on their path. If your feet are not clean then Christ must wash them if we will not let Him wash us then we have no part with Him. Do you have clean feet?
I will be working on transitioning this study into both the written format on Tuesday and adding spontaneous group discussions at my house or church if you’d be interested in attending let me know. The church I attend is MorningStar in Fort Mill, SC you can view meetings by going to www.morningstartv.com where you can register for free then watch Friday School of the Spirit at 7pm EST and Sunday at 9 and 11am EST by clicking watch live at the top of the web screen. Let the words spoken and the messages spread into your area share it with friends, loved ones and local believers to spread revival across the nation and around the world. Also for those who don’t already forward the torch to others feel free to forward it to everyone on your buddy list, lets reach more people than ever before with its message. Share it with your churches if you feel lead to. Thanks I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives. All of what Christ did he did so we would believe in who he said he was. He told us not to take his word for it but to believe in what he did according to the will of his father who showed him what to do.
I pray that this message will sink into your hearts and minds this week and if anyone is not a believer my prayer is they will meet the Lord. If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you do that.
Look out for next Tuesdays Torch found on www.myspace.com/trippy91 or sent from email@example.com this study is written by Tim Sader inspired by The Holy Spirit.
Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light. Psalm 118:26-27