Today’s reading is John 13-14.

After Jesus washes the disciples’ feet and says, He says, “You all me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also ought to wash…” What?  If you didn’t know what came next, what would you expect? “You also ought to wash, my feet?” But that isn’t what He says. “You also ought tow wash one another’s feet.” I can imagine the outcry. “Wash his feet? Me?!” When we put God in the beginning, then we put others next. Whose feet are you washing this week?

Tomorrow’s reading is John 15-16.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, washing feet sounds gross, doesn’t it? That’s because it is not really a part of our culture like it was for the ancient Jews. I hope you understand that Jesus is not giving a particular command, but providing an object lesson. He could just as easily have washed their chariots, cleaned their fishing boats, made them clothes, cooked them a meal. Jesus’s point was not that we must specifically wash one another’s feet, but that just as He came to serve, we must also serve even when it means performing menial tasks for one another. You don’t actually have to wash anyone’s feet this week, but who are you serving this week?

Photo adapted from Graceway Media

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