Jesus washes the disciples’ feet. John 13
This week we are going to focus on one incident in Jesus’ life.
Jesus deliberately chose to wash the disciples’ feet – a task only the lowest of the servants would be called on to perform. The point of the whole story is directly and poignantly summed up in verse 15.
I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.
Love stoops down to perform the lowliest of tasks to bless and honour another person.
The comments this week are taken from a book by J C Ryle, one of the most thought-provoking bible expositors of the Victorian era.
v 1. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end.
Notice from these verses what patient and continuing love there is in Christ’s heart towards His people. Knowing perfectly well that they were about to forsake Him shamefully in a very few hours, in full view of their approaching display of weakness and infirmity, our blessed Master did not cease to have loving thoughts of His disciples. He was not weary of them; He loved them to the last.
The love of Christ to sinners is the very essence and marrow of the Gospel. That He should love us at all, and care for our souls, – that He should love us before we love Him, or even know anything about Him – that He should love us so much as to come into the world to save us, take our nature on Him, bear our sins and die for us on the cross – all this is wonderful indeed.
But the love of Christ to saints is no less wonderful. That He should bear with all their countless infirmities from conversion until death, – that He should never be tired of their endless inconsistencies and petty provocations, – that He should go on forgiving and forgetting incessantly, and never be provoked to cast them off and give them up – all this is marvellous indeed! No mother watching over the waywardness of her feeble babe, in the days of its infancy, has her patience so thoroughly tried, as the patience of Christ is tried by Christians. Yet His longsuffering is infinite. His compassions are a well that is never exhausted.
Let no man be afraid of beginning with Christ, if he desires to be saved. Let no man be afraid of going on with Christ after he has once come to Him and believed. Let him not fancy that Christ will cast him off because of failures and dismiss him into his former hopelessness on account of infirmities.
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