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The Events After Supper
I am your host Christina Farris. At the Lord’s supper
many events did occur. No doubt as we sit around with
our own family we experience many conversations from
how the day was, to world events, to what one will be
doing after supper or the next day. What you choose to
do is your choice. Yet before the meal it is customary to
wash one’s hands. However in Bible days people washed
people feet when they came into the house from the dirty
street outside. Sandals being a rough form of shoeing did
not keep travelers dirt and grim out of them. Yet the first
thing that occurred before the washing of feet was Satan
had convinced Judas to betray Jesus. What purpose
would betrayal serve Judas but to gain money. To
become wealthy from such a betrayal. Had he gotten tired
of walking with Jesus, that the money looked better. The
money was more tempting then the dusty trail. Was the
anointed of Jesus feet that last straw for Judas, I doubt
it, perhaps it was jealousy. Maybe Jesus had
embarrassed him with the rebuke that He would not
always be with them and not to rebuke Mary. Maybe he
feared loosing his life because the Pharisees had all
ready said one must die for the nation. Bible is not clear
on the deciding factor, but money was a key role in it.
However Satan had put in Judas heart to betray Jesus.
Now the supper is over and Jesus takes a basin and a
towel and bends down to wash the disciples feet. Peter
objects. Let us read:
John 13:1-21 KJV
(1) Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus
knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of
this world unto the Father, having loved his own which
were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
(2) And supper being ended, the devil having now put
into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray
(3) Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things
into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went
(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.
(6) Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto
him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
(7) Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou
knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
(8) Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet.
Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part
(9) Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only,
but also my hands and my head.
(10) Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not
save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are
clean, but not all.
(11) For he knew who should betray him; therefore said
he, Ye are not all clean.
(12) So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his
garments, and was set down again, he said unto them,
Know ye what I have done to you?
(13) Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I
(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.
(18) I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen:
but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth
bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
(19) Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come
to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
(20) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth
whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth
me receiveth him that sent me.
(21) When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit,
and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that
one of you shall betray me.
The washing of feet symbolic of a baptism of repentance
that comes after salvation when one makes mistakes.
Peter was clean all but his feet. Yet he was not willing to
allow Jesus to wash his feet. The road of life makes one
feet dirty. Jesus demonstrating his willingness to take
away the dirt from the road of life is because Peter was
already a believer. Judas a man with a harden heart
watching this simple foot washing understood Jesus had
the power to forgive. Jesus being who He was needed not
to wash feet. Yet Peter was the one to rebuke Jesus.
Rebuke because he felt it was beneath Jesus to humble
himself as a servant to wash feet. Yet that exactly what
Jesus had done by living a human life. He stepped down
off his throne in heaven came as a babe wrapped in
swaddling clothes lying in a manger bed of straw. He
walked and talked with people from all walks of life,
healing, telling stories and defending the people against
the religious leaders. He having the power to forgive the
sin after one was made righteous through belief without
the sacrifice for sin. Yet it would take His death for all
people to understand his willingness to pay the ultimate
price to teach and preach to the people. This act of love
was doing it not in the power of God but the power of
mankind. Jesus at anytime could of stopped his
crucifixion but went willingly how we to must live the
sacrificial life. The life living pleasing to God, despite
what man will do.
Jesus said “servant is not greater then His Lord.” Yet ye
know Jesus is greater then us through by the power of
His name through the Holy Spirit we would do greater
works then Jesus did on this earth while with humanity.
Father is not greater then Jesus making himself equal
with God the Father, explaining this in the since of
forgiveness, and authority. Yet we too must forgive the
same as Jesus by the power of Holy Spirit who enables
us to forgive, even those things we thought we could not
forgive. First act of salvation is belief. The sanctification
process or cleansing process from sin done or sin that
will be done. It is a continual work of grace, love of God
for all that righteous by faith through His Son. Jesus’
example of washing the disciples feet is a sweet reminder
that we ought to forgive has He forgave us. What did He
do with our sin upon repentance casted in the sea of
Judas was about to leave the room he perhaps could not
take any moreof the religious symbolism. Maybe he
could not forgive for the public rebuke. In truth was that
not what religious leaders were upset about. Leaders do
not like to be rebuked by those not in authority. To them
Jesus was just a man, not of authority, though He did
miracles and taught with truth. Perhaps Jesus’ prophecy
of the betrayal was just one more thing that got his goat.
Then to have Jesus to tell the disciples who he was, was
even more irritating enough to betray Jesus his friend. He
sought not forgiveness and left the table. Satan had enter
him, he was deceived.
John 13:22-38 KJV
(22) Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting
of whom he spake.
(23) Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his
disciples, whom Jesus loved.
(24) Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he
should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
(25) He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord,
who is it?
(26) Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop,
when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop,
he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
(27) And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said
Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
(28) Now no man at the table knew for what intent he
spake this unto him.
(29) For some of them thought, because Judas had the
bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that
we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give
something to the poor.
(30) He then having received the sop went immediately
out: and it was night.
(31) Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now
is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
(32) If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him
in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.
(33) Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye
shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go,
ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
(34) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love
one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one
(35) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if
ye have love one to another.
(36) Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest
thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not
follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.
(37) Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee
now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
(38) Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for
my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall
not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.
No one at the table understood what Jesus was talking
about because there seemed to be a bit of confusion as
to why Judas Iscariot left. Peter wanted to know who it
was that would betray Jesus. Yet he realized not that he
too at this point would be a betrayer by denying who
Jesus was. Yet he would follow even unto death. Jesus
rebuke him telling him the rooster would crow three times.
Jesus through the washing of the disciples feet was
giving Peter hope though he understood it not. That
continual forgiveness process. It is the act of love. The
commandment Jesus gave was a new commandment to
his disciples to love has He had loved them. Part of loving
is rebuking ofuntruths. Part of love is loving even when a
person is not lovable. Compassion must be shown. It the
hardest thing anyone can ever do. To love when
persecuted but that what Christ did even on the cross
when He said, “Father forgive them for they know not
what they do.” This is in Luke 23:24, it is not recorded in
John. In fact there are several things said when Christ
was on the cross. Each book tells different details. Love
is the greatest gift of all one can give to someone else.
Jesus love is like no one else. That the type of love we
have to be willing to love with.
Dear Heavenly Father help us to be humble servant as
Jesus was, even down to forgiveness and mercy. Yet it
only through power in us that this is possible. It is not in
our own. Grant us the ability to love beyond measure. In
Jesus precious name, Amen.