Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Washing Feet

John 13:3-17 (NIV)
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?"

Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."

"No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet."

Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."

"Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!"

Jesus answered, "A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you." For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Not only did Jared and his class have fun at school for April Fools Day, e.g. thinking they were drinking lemonade but really it was jello, telling jokes, etc., but they got to do something special today. Jared had to tell me about it when he and I walked, just the two of us, to our mailbox this evening...

He said, with a smile, "Mama, today I washed someone's feet." I said "Really? Why?" He said "Because back in old times we didn't have cars or trucks or things so our feet got really dirty." I said, "Yeah, that's true. But why did you wash feet today?" He said, "Because we were like God. We were serving one another." Then, my heart begins melt for my sweet little boy. "That's right," I said, "So how did God serve us?" He said, "Well, Jesus washed the Disciples' feet. We washed each other's feet like Jesus did, to help and serve each other. And Jesus is the Son of God." I said "Yup. And why did Jesus wash their feet?" He said, "Because they were dirty." And I said, "Yes. And because he loved them and wanted to serve them." Jared replied with "That's right Mama!" Then I said "Jesus wants us to love and help and serve others." And he said "Yup!"

Oh my! I love these moments with him!!

As we come up on Palm Sunday, remembering Christ's triumphal entry, and then Easter Sunday, remembering and rejoicing in Christ's resurrection from the dead, I praise God for His Son and how Jesus served us! I also praise Him for the faith of little ones, like Jared. I pray that He would equip us, as parents, to continue to teach our 5 kids about Jesus and that all 7 of us would know how to and be obedient to serving others.
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