What Does John 13:14 Mean?

"If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.

John 13:14(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The hour had come that Christ was to leave the disciples He loved so dearly and for whom He had devoted His life. The hour had come that He was to purchase them with His own blood. He loved each one so dearly that He gave Himself up for them, that He might sanctify them… and all who would become His Body in the coming Church age - by cleansing Her with the washing of water with the word.

The Lord Jesus had laid aside His eternal glory and set apart His life for this hour, and in humility and grace He took a basin of water and washed His disciples feet. This was a physical scene that was to illustrate a spiritual truth that would become the guiding principal of every member of His Body. If Christ washed our feet – we ought also to wash one another’s feet - in love; in truth; in humility and in grace.

This was not an instruction for a religious observance to be carried out once a year at a denominational ceremony. It was the most graphic illustration of humility – a lesson in meekness and grace – a willingness to take up the meanest office and give preference to others before ourselves.

It was a life-principle that was to become the code of conduct of all spiritual Christians –i.e. all believers that would grow in grace by dying to self and living to Christ, until the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit become manifest within the new-life of the believer – until it is not I that live in me, but Christ, until it is not my old-sin nature that controls my actions and attitudes but Christ in me, the hope of glory.

My Prayer

Dear heavenly Father, what a beautiful example the Lord Jesus Christ gave of how I should live my life. May I decrease in all I say and do so that the new-life in Christ my increase in me. May my life be one that is lived out in love and truth and humility and grace, so that Christ may be seen in me as I die to self and live to Him – in Whose name I pray, AMEN.

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