You shall never wash my feet

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” John 13:6-11

I love reading about Peter, he is just like most of us. He is always trying but many times comes up short. Often he speaks before he thinks. He is rash, extremely devoted the Jesus and yet has doubts. So when I see what God did through Peter I can always think, there is hope for me yet. Sometimes I too talk before I think and it always seems to get me into trouble. With Peter and myself I think of the old saying, always be sure your brain is engaged before you put your mouth in gear. It is a lesson we all need from time to time.

Today we find Jesus getting ready to wash Peter’s feet. Now I am not sure where Peter was in line but I imagine he was not the first to have Jesus wash his feet. I think the first one or two were so shocked to see Jesus doing a lowly servants task that they could not speak let alone protest. Think about it, how would you react if Jesus started to wash your feet?

First Peter protests, no way is Jesus washing his feet. Not going to happen, no way no how. The when Jesus tells Peter that unless he allows Jesus to wash his feet then Peter will not have a share in what Jesus is going to do. So what does Peter do, he over reacts. If washing his feet is good why stop there. So he asks Jesus to also wash his hand and head. At least he did not ask for a haircut and beard trim, just a quick shampoo.

Lost on Peter and the rest is what Jesus was trying to demonstrate. He wanted each of them to develop a servant’s heart. Jesus did not want to have twelve little kings but twelve who would serve others by bringing the Good News to the world. That is all he asked of them and all He asks of us. He wants us to get out of our comfort zone and serve. Serve other and serve Him.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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