Could I Wash My Betrayer's Feet?
Summary: We often react differently to others after they have "burnt" us. Using Christ as our example, could we wash the feet of our betrayer?
Key Scripture - John 13:1-17(NLT)
13 1Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. 2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God.
1. Before we react to a betrayal, denial, or rejection we need to remember WHO we are in Christ, and allow His identity to be revealed, not our flesh.
4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. 6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” 8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”
1.Jesus put himself into a position to serve. (v4)
2.Jesus served each one with equality, impartiality, without favor, and ALL in love! (v5)
3.What Jesus was teaching Peter is a lesson we MUST learn. We must accept Christ’s sacrifice, or we will never be His.(v8)
9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!” 10 Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
Isn’t it a true statement that we respond to people differently once they burn us?
Can we serve those that we know will reject us? Can we serve those who we know will say no? Can we serve those who we know at some point in time, they will disappoint us? Can you love those who don’t love you back?
12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16 I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17 Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” 1 JOHN 4:20
- Challenge for this week. Could you wash your betrayer’s feet?
Additional Things to Consider:
- If the answer is no, is 1 John 4:20 a kick in the pants?
- What do you need to do to move towards forgiveness?