Monday, October 7, 2013

Foot Washing

I find the practice of foot washing, practiced by some sincere believers today, puzzling, because it takes Jesus’ command to go and do likewise (John 13) so literally. Foot washing was not a symbolic act. People had dirty feet. And by relegating the task to lowly servants, it turned something very “personal” into something “impersonal.” But not that night!

That night, His earthly ministry was topped off by an act so personal it was almost embarrassing. Jesus had always embodied His principles: “I am the truth” (John 14:6). But that night He embodied love. No, it was not a principle that lived with them for 3 years. It was not a principle that washed their feet. It was not a principle that died on a Cross and rose from the dead. It was a Person; and it was very Personal.

I know some of you are going through almost unbearable trials. Though you've been sustained by biblical principles, the Personal Jesus seems elusive. Toward the last days, the love of many will grow cold (Matt. 24:12). Is this the result of hard times? Today, more than ever, we need to know Jesus Personally as the One who washes our weary feet with the water of His Word (Eph. 5:26).

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