Vs. 16, “I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.” We now enter into the section that would chronicle the upper room events. In the culture at the time…it was slaves who washed feet…the disciples were too interested in being served rather than serving. Jesus would show us the way to true humility. When Jesus is about to wash Peter’s feet (Vs. 8)…He would teach us a very important lesson on “holiness”. When we are saved, we are washed all over (Vs. 10)…when we confess our daily sins to the Lord, we are washing our feet. For today’s purpose…Jesus is cleansing us through the water of the Word and as we His Word…we confess our sins and keep our feet clean and walk in the light. It is this daily cleansing that keeps the believer in a relationship with Christ. The lesson here has nothing to do with “renewing” or “losing” our salvation. Many believers make the same mistake Peter made (Vs. 9)…they want to be saved (washed) all over again when all they need is to have their feet washed. Jesus would then remind us of the true mark of His disciples…loving one another (Vs. 35).
Regarding application…Lay Down Our Lives. Vs. 38, “Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!” Think about it….everytime we meet at church we sing of incredilbly powerful songs about laying down our lives. “I will offer up my life in spirit and truth…” Question: Are you really ready to lay down your life for Jesus? Don’t get me wrong…just like Peter…nearly all of you truly indeed love the Lord! I think most of us would like to believe wholeheartedly that we would be ready to lay down our lives just like Peter did with confidence. But listen to what Dwight L. Moody (Founder of Moody Bible Institute) would say when someone asked him, ““Do you have grace enough to die for Jesus?” He answered, “No, He hasn’t asked me to do that. But if He asks me to, I know He will give me the grace to do it.” AMEN! In our weakness, He is made strong. Dearest brothers & sisters in Christ…I pray that each of you would be ready! Ready to go, ready to serve, ready to live, ready to change, etc….all loyalty for Christ! But more importantly…may we all be ready to lay down our lives. That is what Jesus would say, “Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23). Jesus took up the cross because He was ready to lay down His life for us. Likewise…may we do the same!