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March 26 - Jesus Washed the Disciples’ Feet

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It was just before the Passover meal. Jesus knew that it was almost time for Him to leave this world and be reunited with God, His Father. Jesus loved His disciples and wanted to show them how much He loved them. Jesus knew that Judas Iscariot was going to betray Him. He got up from the table and tied a towel around His waist. He poured water into a bowl and began to wash His disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel wrapped around His waist. Simon Peter didn’t want Jesus to wash his feet.

Jesus said if He didn’t wash his feet, Peter would have no part with Him. Peter asked that his hands and head also be washed! Jesus told Peter that someone who has bathed doesn’t need anything washed except his feet. Jesus knew who would betray Him and told Peter that he was clean, but not all of the disciples were clean.

When Jesus finished, He asked the disciples if they knew what He had done for them. He told them that He washed their feet to serve them, now they should go and follow His example of serving others.

Read John 13:1-17

The Point: Jesus Wants People to Follow His Example

I used to love puzzles! When you dump all of the pieces on the table, the first thing you do is look at the front of the box to see what the puzzle will look like. The Bible does that for us. If we look at how Jesus lived here on earth, we can follow His example to know how to best follow Him.

Jesus showed us how to serve the people around us. Jesus washed His disciples’ feet and taught us how to serve others in love. As followers of Christ, we are to live by His example.

Prayer

Dear God, thank You for giving us the example of Jesus. Help me remember the way Jesus served others. Amen.