Sunday School Lesson 722 Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet

Lesson: 722 Lesson Name: Jesus Teaches How to Wash Feet
Theme: Christ the Lord / Christ the Shepherd / Christ Revealed

Reading: John 13:1-17

Memroy Verse: Philippians 2:8
Memory Verse Text: He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross.

Point 1: In the Passover Room, there are three statements that set the scene for what follows, yet what follows is hard to understand in light of them. "Knew that His hour was come"v1 "Knowing that the Father had given all things into His Hands"v3. Then v11 "knew who should betray Him".  The first would distract any of us from thinking on others. The second would likely cause us to think more highly than we ought. The third would have influenced us to treat Judas far differently. But He stands alone, supreme, sinless and pure.
Point 2: From the Passover supper - he rises and girds himself with a towel. Note - no servant who was a Jew would be asked to do this for fear of defilement. Only Gentile servants. Yet the Lord of Might and Glory takes a servants towel. What grace O Lord and beauty shone around Thy steps below!
Point 3: He comes to Peter and while Peter does not offer to take the Lord's place - he refuses to let the Lord do it for him at first. The Lord teaches him a lesson in grace but he blunders again - showing how little he understood His Lord and the Lessons He would impart.
Point 4: There are 4 more KNOW's in the passage. V7, v12, 18 and v17. There are lessons in all of them. Verse 17 is the practical application of the EXAMPLE He has set.

Notes: Washing their feet points out at least two things: First, they would be weary and He wanted to refresh them. Second, their feet would be dusty and He would remove the defilement of the Way. Important Truths for all believers. Are we like HIM?

 See also: Feet Washing Explanation.

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