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Monday, September 12 2016
Based on a sermon preached on 9/11/2016
 
 
John 13:4-5,13-16 
[4] He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 
[5] After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. 
 
[13] Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 
[14] If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 
[15] For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 
[16] Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
 
The setting for the scripture is at the time of what we commonly call the "Last Supper".  The plan to betray Jesus was being hatched in the mind of Judas Iscariot.  It would be just mere hours before the Savior of the world would be hung on the cross between two criminals.
 
The disciples finished dinner.  They were on the precipice of history as they would be the witnesses to the greatest moments in history - the death , burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
 
In just over 50 days from the Last Supper, in the very room that they sat that they would be participants in the birth of the church in Acts 2.
 
Life would never be the same.
 
John documented that Jesus takes a towel and a basin.  He pours water into the bowl and begins to wash the feet of the disciples.  He would wipe them with his towel.  
 
The washing of feet was a reserved for the lowliest of servant or slaves.  Rarely was this act performed by a peer or social superior (such as a teacher).
 
The Bible records Peter's refusal of Jesus to wash his feet, but no where does Bible record that the disciples started to wash each others feet or attempt to wash the feet of Jesus.
 
Perhaps, it was their pride that kept them from following the Lord's lead at that moment or they viewed it as "not their job".
 
But, it was in that moment that Jesus revealed to us a model servant and an excellent attitude willing in anyway to honor and glorify God.
 
Jesus reveals His purpose for washing their feet.
 
John 13:13-17 KJV
[13] Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 
[14] If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 
[15] For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 
[16] Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 
[17] If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
 
What was his goal in washing the feet of the disciples or what Lesson can be learned from Dirty feet?
 
Extend his mission on Earth after he was gone
 
John 5:20 KJV
[20] For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
 
But also, these men were to...
 
Serve God
 
Matthew 6:24 KJV
[24] No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
 
Serve each church
 
Galatians 6:2 KJV
[2] Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
 
Serve Others
 
Matthew 25:35-40KJV
[35] For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 
[36] Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 
[37] Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee ? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 
[38] When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee ? 
[39] Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 
[40] And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 
 
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