A Sinful Woman Washed Jesus Feet
In the first reading for today’s mass, Paul instructs the disciples to set a good example for others by their words and behaviour, and to put into practice what they have learned through the public reading of scripture, sermons, and teachings they have received in their lives. What Paul taught his followers in the first reading for today’s mass is reinforced by the story of a wicked woman who washed Jesus’ feet today in the gospel of Matthew. There is significant discussion over who this immoral lady is, but many believe she is Mary Magdalene, who was crucified beside Jesus.
She serves as a role model for us in a variety of ways.
Words are simply words if they are just heard and not performed in a meaningful manner.
This is the overall message of the first reading.
- We may pick up on a variety of different facets of it, such as the attitude of the Pharisees when they witnessed this wicked lady demonstrate a very public gesture of love for Jesus.
- Perhaps this wicked lady who washed Jesus’ feet was able to show her emotions, but the disciples were unable to do so.
- There are a lot of us who are like that as well.
- Feelings can be tough to cope with at times, and it is sometimes preferable to avoid being emotionally engaged.
- What is truly astounding is that Mary, despite the fact that she was a known sinner, couldn’t care less about what others thought.
- For some of us, what other people think of us is really important.
- This is a very essential lesson for those who find it difficult to interact with others who are critical of them.
It is important to know what Jesus Christ thinks of you.
In today’s narrative, Mary had grown to love Jesus so much that she just did what came naturally to her and didn’t give a damn about what others thought.
The Pharisees, on the other hand, clearly mistook it for something else.
It is quite simple to become distracted from the things that are truly essential from time to time.
She had grown to love Jesus, and it was a real love on her part.
Her tears might possibly have been caused by the fact that she had grown to adore Jesus and had never known what true love was before meeting Christ.
She may not have realized her own human dignity and self-worth until she encountered Christ, who demonstrated to her that she was worthwhile in both God’s and her own sight.
He saw that she did not comprehend the true meaning of genuine love at the time.
Regardless of what you have done in your life, every human being has been created in the image and likeness of God Himself, and so is precious and cherished in His sight.
In our lives, Jesus is able to see through all of the layers of the events that have occurred and the sins that we have committed to get to the heart of the problem, to the heart of what is wrong.
So many times in our lives, we make mistakes due to a lack of knowledge or understanding.
Jesus has the ability to clear up any misunderstandings we may have about ourselves or others, and to put things back in their proper perspective. If we are willing to make a change, we have already taken the first step towards healing. Catholic Saints and Sinners is a collection of books.
Bible Gateway passage: Luke 7:36-50 – New International Version
Jesus accepted an invitation from one of the Pharisees to have dinner with him, and he went to the Pharisee’s home and sat down at the table with him. 37When a wicked woman in that town discovered that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she went there with an alabaster jar of perfume in her possession. When she was crying, she stood behind him at his feet and proceeded to soak his feet with her tears as she stood behind him. Afterwards, she cleaned their faces with her hair, kissed them, and sprayed them with perfume.
- “Tell me, teacher,” he demanded emphatically.
- One owing him five hundred denarii, while the other owed him fifty denarii.
- “Which of them will be more in love with him now?” 41″I presume the one who had the larger loan forgiven,” Simon responded.
- 44After upon, Jesus turned toward the woman and asked Simon, “Do you see this woman?” The door opened and I walked into your home.
- 45You did not give me a kiss, E)”>(E)but this woman has not stopped kissing my feet since the moment I walked through the door.
- 47As a result, I assure you that her numerous offenses have been forgiven, as seen by her tremendous affection.
- 48 Afterwards, Jesus remarked to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” G)”>(G)49 “Who is this person who even forgives sins?” the other guests began to speculate among themselves.
- Luke 7:41 (NIV) A denarius was the standard daily salary for a day worker in the first century AD (see Matt. 20:2).
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Meaning of Mary washing the feet of Jesus
In your opinion, what is the significance of Mary washing Jesus’ feet before his crucifixion? This foot washing is mentioned in the book of John, chapter 12, and the passages in question are located there. Examine the first few verses of this chapter to see if there is anything we can gather from them that may help us respond to your question. The opening verse of John 12 informs us that Jesus visits to the Bethany house of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus less than a week before his final Passover with his followers.
- The real date was March 29th, 30 A.D.
- He will be betrayed and arrested at the end of the day on Tuesday, April 4th, which is the following Tuesday.
- Martha prepared Jesus’ dinner, according to the second verse of the chapter.
- She would devote herself so completely to her service that she would occasionally lose sight of the fact that something far more vital demanded her attention (Luke 10:38 – 42).
- (See also John 12:3).
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In John 12, verses 4 to 6, we learn that Judas (who would later betray Christ) expressed his displeasure to Jesus by saying that instead of purchasing spikenard, Mary should have used the money to give to the poor.
Due to his criminal background (verse 6), he wanted the oil turned BACK into cash so that he could steal it from the group’s “money bag” (which was most likely used to help the poor) so that he could steal it from the bag.
He also says that what she did was a very good thing, which is also true.
Her service was both admirable and deserving of praise.
In comparison to her sister, Martha, she was more ” spiritually perceptive.” Aside from that, she was more interested in what Jesus had to say, and she made it a point to sit at His feet so that she could hear every word He said while in her presence (Luke 10:39).
Her actions are memorialized in the Bible on purpose to serve as a reminder to people of all ages about what she did.
Our heavenly Father places a high value on humility and love, both of which are essential characteristics of a true Christian’s character and behavior.
A Scandalous Gospel: The Woman Who Washed Jesus’ Feet With Her Tears
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), Women’s History Month in the United States, and the upcoming Lenten season, we will be presenting devotions written by women on the women that Jesus tended to throughout his earthly ministry. The title of this series will be “The Women Jesus Fell in Love With.” Until Passion Week, we will publish the devotions on Mondays and Thursdays. Thank you for your patience. We hope you will come back each week to discover how Jesus loves all of us, especially women, and to learn more about him.
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- She lived during a time when males were reported to have praised God everyday that they had not been born ladies.
- Not only that, but she had embraced an unmentionable vice for such a long period of time that it had become a part of her personality.
- It’s possible to hear ” prostitute” in whispers.
- Take a left at the crosswalk.
- There will be no greeting.
- Simon the Pharisee was familiar with her.
In the event that this man were a prophet, he would have realized who and what kind of lady was touching him, because she is a sinner.” Despite this, she had undergone a transformation.
What drew this type of women to this location?
She came for Jesus, and she came prepared to receive Him as her Lord and Savior.
What led her to learn about Jesus?
Did she overhear someone mention that he cured the sick and demon-possessed (6:18) in the marketplace?
She must have been aware that he was “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (7:34), because there is no other explanation for her rash decision.
She kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment as she stood behind him.
What gives her the right to touch the Holy One?
No, God’s kingdom is not for the arrogant; rather, it is for the humble in heart.
It is intended for tax collectors and sinners alike (15:1-2).
The return of the prodigal (15:11-32).
She, on the other hand, did not appear to contradict incorrect doctrine.
And the members of her body that had before been offered up to sin as instruments of unrighteousness were now being offered up to him in his service, which she desired (Romans 6:13).
Simon welcomed Jesus into his home, but he did not welcome him into his heart, and he did not extend the most fundamental act of hospitality.
Here was this who and what type of lady, leaning over Jesus’ filthy feet, washing them with her tears and tenderly wiping his feet with her hair, in stark contrast to the previous scene.
Simon was considered superior to Mary in every manner, but Jesus saw what was in their hearts (Luke 2:35).
You didn’t give me a kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing my feet since the moment I walked through the door.
What could possibly elicit such extravagant displays of affection and adoration from this woman?
Simon had something to say to Jesus, and Jesus wanted to share it with him.
When they were unable to pay, he cancelled the debts of both of them.
Her transgressions against God were numerous, yet God himself bore the burden and discharged her debts.
– they were absolved and forgotten.
“Consequently, I declare that her offenses, which are numerous, have been forgiven – because she loved greatly.” And her love was the beautiful flower that bloomed from the seed of heavenly forgiveness that she had sown in her heart.
Then he told her, “Your crimes have been forgiven.” Later on, people present at the meal with him began to speculate among themselves, “Who is he, and who even forgives sins?” they wondered.
Most likely, they were making fun of Jesus’ implied claim to be the moneylender, or God himself, in his teachings.
Please accept my thanks, but no thanks; they could pay for it themselves.
The self-righteous who prayed, “God, thank you that I am not like this wicked lady,” could not find justification in Christ’s sacrifice.
(See Luke 18:9-14 for further information.) In response, Christ told the woman, “Your faith has saved you; depart in peace.” The Pharisees were more scandalized by Jesus’ comments than they were by this woman’s background.
His statements, on the other hand, were accurate. It was God’s kingdom that she was seeking, as well as people like her, via God’s mercy. Us. More from our “The Women Jesus Loved” series may be found here.
A Sinful Woman Washes the Feet of Jesus
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The following is the suggested emphasis:Jesus has the ability to pardon our sins.
Simon, a Pharisee, extended an invitation to Jesus to dine with him at his home. Simon did not extend to Jesus the ordinary acts of hospitality that were customary at the time, such as kissing him on the cheek and washing his feet, as was expected. During the supper, a sinful woman entered Simon’s home and bathed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair, according to the gospels. She repented of her misdeeds, and Jesus accepted her repentance and forgiveness.
The Pharisees were a legalistic sect that frequently felt that they belonged to an elite society. When it came to following the Old Testament Law and the various unwritten customs, they were quite rigid. Many of the Pharisees Jesus encountered were hypocrites in the manner they adhered to the religious regulations, as Jesus discovered (Luke 7:30). Simon was a Pharisee who invited Jesus to his home for a lunch, which he graciously accepted. In verse 49, we learn that there were additional visitors in addition to Jesus.
- Simon should have offered Jesus water to wash his feet, as would have been expected according to common courtesy at the time.
- Simon should have kissed his guest on the cheek and anointed his head with oil before welcoming him.
- It seems unlikely that individuals would have sat at a table on chairs to consume a meal in the first century.
- It would have been standard practice to recline on the cushions rather than sit on them.
- The legs and feet would be oriented toward the exterior so that people could sit close together without their feet getting in the way or getting in the way of the meal being served.
- The alabaster jar would have been circular with a long neck, as seen in the illustration.
- It would have been unthinkable for a lady to come into contact with a Pharisee.
She was most likely a prostitute, according to the evidence.
If Jesus had been concerned about his reputation in the same way that the Pharisees were, he would have refused to allow this woman to get close to him.
It wasn’t enough to just follow the Old Testament Law to the letter.
In his treatment of this woman, he shown genuine concern and affection.
Her heart appeared to be soft, and she expressed a desire to escape the wicked life she had been leading.
He appeared to be just concerned with the controversy that was taking place.
Jesus was able to read his thoughts.
Because of her remorseful attitude, Jesus demonstrates to this lady in front of this significant guy and other important guests that she was valuable in his eyes. Only God has the ability to pardon sin. By forgiving the lady, Jesus demonstrated his divinity. top
Way to Introduce the Story:
Bring a thick towel and a basin of warm water to class with you. Wash the soles of the children’s feet. As you’re doing this, think about how people used to go about in sandals when they were outside. Talk about the dirty or muddy streets where animals used to stroll about on them. Before they ate, they always cleansed their hands and their feet with soap and water. After all, who wants to dine in the presence of someone’s smelly feet? People sat on cushions surrounding low tables, which meant that you were often sitting extremely near to other people’s feet.
You could then either wash your feet yourself or have a servant do it for you, or if you were a really important visitor, I would even wash your feet for you personally.
In today’s tale, Jesus was invited to a lunch at the home of a close friend.
I’m not sure who the Pharisees were. Pharisees were devout folks who enjoyed following a large number of regulations. They complied with all of the requirements of the Old Testament Law. Not only that, but they also complied with all of the regulations that other religious people had imposed on them. The Pharisees were so preoccupied with following the laws that they forgot to think about God. They believed that all of the laws were more essential than God himself. They believed that rules were more essential than individuals, as did they.
- Simon, a Pharisee, was introduced to Jesus.
- When Jesus arrived at Simon’s house, he was not greeted with a kiss by Simon.
- When Jesus asked for fragrant oil to put on his head, Simon did not offer it.
- Simon was dining with a number of other extremely prominent visitors as well.
- Simon, on the other hand, had not invited her.
- This was a woman who had a history of terrible behavior.
- What made you believe she was there?
She was well aware that Simon would not assist her.
She was well aware that Jesus was able to forgive her of her sins.
She felt so guilty for her mistakes that she broke down and sobbed in front of the group.
She did not have a towel, so she dried the soles of Jesus’ feet with her long hair.
Simon couldn’t believe what he was witnessing at the time!
How could Jesus allow her to even get close to him, let alone wash his feet?
“Jesus can’t possibly be a genuine teacher.” Simon, on the other hand, did not speak a word aloud.
Jesus had the ability to read Simon’s thoughts.
“Once upon a time, Simon,” Jesus explained, “two men borrowed money.
After some time had passed, the lender informed the guys that they were not required to repay him.
Which of the gentlemen, do you believe, had the greatest affection for the money lender?
“He would be madly in love with the lender.” The woman’s situation was similar to that of the man who owed 500 denarii.
Therefore, she was really grateful to Jesus for forgiving her.
This woman has kissed and scrubbed the soles of my feet. “After that, she rubbed oil on them.” “I forgive you of all of the sins you have committed,” he said to the woman. “At this point, you can depart in peace.” Do you have any ideas about what happened after that? top
Ways to Tell the Story:
It is possible to tell this story in a number of different ways. Always remain true to the facts found in the Bible but help children connect to its meaning by using drama, visual aids, voice inflection, student interaction and/or emotion. Click here for visual aids and story-telling methods. To download these illustrations as well as the accompanying slideshow, please visit this page. Be selective. Each teacher is unique so only use the illustrations that best relate to the way YOU are telling the story in THIS lesson.
- What was the name of the Pharisee who welcomed Jesus to his home to lunch with him and his family? I’m curious, Simon, who was it that washed Jesus’ feet at Simon the Pharisee’s house? A lady who has sinned
- What method did the lady use to wash Jesus’ feet? Why did the wicked woman wash Jesus’ feet with her tears and dry them with her hair? What was she thinking? Simon had neglected to wash them. In addition, she expresses gratitude to Jesus for forgiving her sins.
- I’ve Got Peace Like a River Song, and I’ve Got Peace Like a River Song
- For further possibilities, please see the Song Page on this website.
Learning Activities and Crafts:
(How can I select the most appropriate learning activities for my particular teaching situation?) Activities: Craft:
- In a washable paint container, combine perfume, spices, or vanilla essence (like tempera paint). Spread a small coating of paint on the soles of children’s feet and use the paintbrush to create footprint images.
Washable paint can be scented with perfume, spices, or vanilla essence (like tempera paint). Spread a small coating of the paint on the soles of children’s feet and use the paintbrush to create footprint images.
Other Online Resources:
- A coloring page with worksheets (from the California curriculum)
- Coloring page from the book
- There are a variety of activities for teaching children about forgiveness (with printables) available at
- How to manufacture your own perfume at home (will keep up to a month). Instructions may be found at
f. 160v: Mary Magdalene Washing Christ’s Feet (Luke 7: 38)
It is said that Saint Mary Magdalene bathed the feet of Our Lord Jesus Christ with her tears and wiped them with her hair, and that this is how the tale goes. “So says Saint Luke in his Gospel, in the seventh chapter,” according to the Bible. According to the Gospel of St. Luke, Jesus encountered the wicked woman in the home of Simon the Pharisee, who asked Christ to share a meal with him there. Artist A uses a minimalist set that is constructed in a similar way to the one used in the fable of the wicked rich man to create his work (f.
The goal is to provide the impression of being in an interior location without distracting the viewer with decorative features.
An elderly Pharisee and a visitor are seated at a table set with three golden goblets and bowls, conversing with Christ.
Despite the fact that the sinful woman is referred to as Mary Magdalene in the paraphrase beneath the illumination – as was sometimes the case in the catholic tradition – Luke’s text makes no mention of her being associated with Mary of Magdala, one of Christ’s beloved female followers, which is contrary to what the paraphrase says.
Christ is moved by such deep love that he forgives her, much to the surprise of all in attendance.
Marianne Besseyre is a researcher at the Bibliothèque nationale de France’s Illuminated Manuscripts Research Center.
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The Unnamed Woman With the Alabaster Jar
As far as our perceptions of Bible women go, how did we go from sinner to whore? This harsh phrase is used solely to draw attention to the false dichotomy that has been given to Bible women, and it is not intended to imply that any woman should be subjected to this name.) Luke 7:36-39 describes a lady who approaches a house where Jesus is eating with her damaged and crying body. Using her hair to wipe the oil and tears off his feet, she anoints them with a kiss. The males in attendance are talking about her as if she isn’t even present.
With reference to the mystery woman’s character in our contemporary environment, it is simple to interpret her as “promiscuous.” Christians have historically had a proclivity to read Bible women’s non-specific sin as sexual immorality, and female promiscuity is frequently inferred from the text without any support from the text itself.
- Sometimes Bible professors go beyond suggestion and assert categorically that the anonymous lady was unquestionably a prostitute—again, despite the absence of any specific scriptural proof to support their claim.
- A footnote in the NASB refers to her as “immoral,” and there is a great deal of discussion about her character.
- Mary, whose brother Lazarus was ill, anointed the Lord with ointment and washed His feet with her hair, was the Mary who did all of this” (John 11:2).
- Because Luke’s Gospel does not include a chronological account of Jesus’ life and career, it is plausible to assume that event occurred later in Jesus’ mission than previously believed.
- According to some academics, the unidentified lady’s position as a sexually disgraced woman, a prostitute, is so unquestionable that the unnamed woman in Luke 7 must be a distinct woman from the Mary who appears in John’s comparable account.
- On two different occasions, Jesus was invited to a Pharisee’s home for supper by his host.
- On both instances, Jesus was invited by a Pharisee who went by the name of Simon.
It’s not unreasonable to speculate that two women anointed Jesus with oil at some point during his life.
In Luke’s tale, the nameless lady is thought to be a prostitute, however in John’s version, she is identified as Mary.
Examine Mary in further detail.
She then went back to her place of grieving.
Then he requested that he be transported to Lazarus, who he then revived from the grave.
But then she witnessed the miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection, something she will never forget.
She performed a great act of faith by breaking a pricey container of perfume and anointing Jesus with it.
She washed his feet with her own hair, which was a wonderful act of remorse on her part.
When Jesus allowed such a “sinful lady” to come close to him, Simon, the Pharisee, became embarrassingly ashamed.
Jesus, on the other hand, challenged Simon about his preconceived notions about Mary.
During the time when Jesus was carried off the crucifixion and put in a tomb, “Mary Magdalene and another Mary, who was sitting across the grave, were present” (Matthew 27:61).
She was poised and ready to anoint her savior once more.
Not only was the believer who anointed Jesus before his execution a nameless woman with no prior criminal record, but she also had a history of sexual transgression.
It is not honest to cast another woman in that part since we are having difficulty reconciling two different versions of the same woman.
No, she had a specific objective in mind: to anoint her savior.
In the same way as Mary did, women can gain knowledge at the foot of the Messiah.
And when we fall short and miss the actual nature of Jesus, we may come to him without feeling guilty.
This is the third installment of a series of articles examining what Christians have been taught about women in the Bible.
Read part 1 of Rahab’s story. Deborah the Judge and Jael the Just are featured in Part 2 of The Righteousand. Read Female and Male in Four Anointing Stories for additional information on this subject.
Matthew 26:6–13; Mark 14:3–9; Luke 7:36–50; John 12:1–8
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Jesus Anointed at Bethany
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A Sinful Woman Forgiven
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- One owed five hundred and fifty denarii, while the other owed fifty.
- Nowwhichofthemwilllovehimmore?” 43 Simon responded, “I’m assuming it was for this person that he forgave the greater debt.” Andhesaidtohim,“Youhavejudgedrightly.” 44 ThenturningtowardthewomanhesaidtoSimon,“Doyouseethiswoman?
- .45f You offered me a kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing my feet from the moment I arrived.
- 47 As a result, I tell you that her crimes, which are numerous, are forgiven—because she was greatly loved.
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Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany
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4 Nevertheless, Judas Iscariot, one of his followers (and the man who was about to betrayhim), asked,5 “Why wasn’t this ointment sold for three hundred denarii?” “Adenarius was the equivalent of a day’s salary for a laborer.” Is 2andn given to the poor?
6 He stated this not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and because he was in charge of the moneybag, he used it to help himself to whatever was placed in it.
Jesus Washed Judas’ Feet
This year, I’ve been following one of the Olive Tree Bible Appreading programs and reading my way through the Bible chronologically. The Gospel narratives of the Last Supper are what I’m reading at the moment. Jesus has hit me again again. At the last supper they would have together before the cross, the Messiah, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, removes his robes, wraps a towel over himself, and washes the feet of the disciples in preparation for his death (John 13:1-20). I’ve reread this narrative, which is only found in John’s Gospel, a countless number of times.
- Here’s what stood out to me: However, Judas was present when Jesus washed his feet, despite the fact that he was highly influenced by Satan (if not possessed) at the time (Luke 22:36; John 13:2).
- Jesus was aware of what was going on in Judas’ heart.
- Jesus was well aware of the sorrow that was about to befall him.
- Nonetheless, even in this time of self-humbling, Jesus bathed Judas’ feet, this man Judas who played a vital role in the fulfillment of the Scriptures and predictions regarding the Suffering Servant’s mission.
Jesus humbled Himself and SERVED His greatest enemy.
I’m not sure about you, but I have difficulty serving those who are closest to my heart. Being humble, serving, and putting others’ needs ahead of my own may be challenging tasks. I can’t see placing the demands of a backstabber ahead of my own interests. At the same time, that’s exactly what I’m like. I am the one who has cheated, who has betrayed the trust. I am the one who executed Jesus by nailing him on the cross. It is my sin that has placed Jesus in that position. As a result of my own selfishness, how many times have I turned away from God’s grace in order to live, act, be, and do what I want?
This is humiliating because of my wrongdoing, but it is also inspiring because of the extent to which Jesus loves me.
Despite the fact that Jesus was well aware that I would betray Him, He walked to the cross freely.
13:14 (John 13:14) If I, your Lord and Teacher, have cleaned your feet, then you, too, should wash the feet of your fellow believers. 15 Because I have set an example for you, you should follow my lead and do the same thing I have done for you.
Here is my example:
I am to serve, love, and do for others in the same way that Jesus has done for me. I am expected to put aside my own desires and pride in order to serve others, including those who will betray me. Even those who will turn their backs on me will be a blessing. In the same way that our Lord and Teacher, Jesus Christ, loved and served me, I am to love and serve others. If you’d like to join me in reading through the entire Bible, take a look at our enhanced Bible reading plans.
What was the significance of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples?
QuestionAnswer The act of Jesus washing the feet of his followers (John 13:1–17) took place in the upper room, at the Last Supper, and bears significance in three different ways. It was a demonstration of Jesus’ humility and servanthood on the part of the crowd. For the disciples, the washing of their feet represented a stark contrast to the sentiments they held in their hearts at the time. Our duty as members of Christ’s body is symbolized by washing one other’s feet. Walking in sandals on the unclean highways of Israel in the first century made it very necessary to wash feet before a community meal, especially when individuals sat at a low table with their feet prominently displayed.
- This gesture of humility and condescension on Christ’s part, that He, their Lord and master, should wash the feet of His disciples when it was their appropriate responsibility to have cleaned His, must have taken them by surprise.
- Jesus stated in Matthew 20:28 that He came “not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (not to be served but to serve).
- It was Jesus’ attitude of servanthood that stood in stark contrast to that of the disciples, who had only lately been debating among themselves over who was the greatest among them (Luke 22:24).
- It was as though they had been startled into silence when the Lord Himself took on such a menial work.
- “You shall never wash my feet!” Peter exclaimed, never one to be caught short of words.
- When Jesus finished, He taught what it really meant to be washed by Him.
- Unlike salvation, which is a one-time act of justification by faith, sanctification is a lifetime process that involves being washed clean from the stain of sin that we experience as we move through the world.
- This is only one of the truths that Christians may take away from this occurrence and apply to their own lives.
- The fact that our sin has been exchanged for the complete righteousness of Christ on the cross means that no deed can further purify us from our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).
- The ongoing washing of sanctification is accomplished via the power of the Holy Spirit, who lives within us, and is accomplished through the “washing of water by the Word” (Ephesians 5:26), which has been given to us in order to equip us for every good deed (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
- As His disciples, we are to follow in His footsteps, serving one another with humility of heart and mind, and striving to lift one another up in love and humility as we serve one another.
We shall be abundantly blessed when we have the heart of a servant, as the Lord has promised to us (John 13:17). Questions about John (return to top of page) Is it important to understand why Jesus washed the feet of his disciples?
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Jesus Washing His Disciples’ Feet Was Much More Than Just a Lesson in Service and Humility
I am a disciple of Christ who is searching for truth in the midst of a sea of erroneous ideas that is rampant in our society today.
Why did Jesus wash the disciples’ feet?
I’ve heard a variety of explanations for why Jesus washed the feet of His followers at the Last Supper. I believe that the most frequently cited argument is because Jesus was teaching us about humility and devotion to our fellow man. While service and humility were important teachings that Jesus taught His disciples, I believe that there was a far deeper and more meaningful message underlying this action. Sole the Gospel of John records this deed of Jesus. In chapter 13, verse 7, John writes: “This is the only act of Jesus that has been recorded in the Scriptures.” In response, Jesus told him, “You do not comprehend what I am doing right now, but you will understand it in the future.” The majority of what Jesus said and did was not comprehended by the disciples when he was there among them, as we now understand it to be the case.
Peter’s attention was focused on the physical act that was being done, and he was shocked that His Master would serve as a servant to him, but Jesus continued redirecting his attention to a higher, more spiritual message that was being communicated.
What do you think?
In addition, he stated, “”He who has bathed needs just to wash his feet, but he is entirely clean; while you, on the other hand, are clean, but you are not completely clean.” Due to the fact that He recognized the individual who was betraying Him, He stated, “Not all of you are clean.” Again, the actual lesson that Jesus was teaching did not take place in the context of service or humility.
- It was for this reason that Jesus assured them that they would comprehend later when the scriptures would be revealed more fully to them, demonstrating that all of Christ’s actions fulfilled all that had been written about Him.
- In light of this, where may we locate the genuine significance of this washing, as originally prophesied in the Bible?
- Psalm 51:2 (KJV) Wash away all of my wickedness and cleanse me of all of my transgression.
- In addition, there is the prophet Ezekiel.
- Later on, in the New Testament, this idea is carried on further.
- Why are you taking so long?
- 1 Corinthians 6:11 (New International Version) In this case, there were some of us; nevertheless, we were washed, we were cleansed, and we were justified by our God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
With this realization, the significance of the deed that Jesus performed begins to become clearer.
Jesus was implying that they would be unable to have any relationship with Him until their sins were forgiven.
They were still looking for an earthly, physical kingdom, completely oblivious to the fact that His kingdom was not of this world, but rather spiritual in nature.
It was at the very heart of Christ’s teachings that he preached the message of repentance and forgiveness.
6:14 (Matthew 6:14) Because if you forgive people for their misdeeds, your heavenly Father will forgive you for your own faults.
The apostle Paul reiterates and confirms this principle in the book of Ephesians: Paul writes in Ephesians 4:32 that Allow one another to be gentle and tender-hearted, and to forgive one another, just as God, through Christ, has forgiven you.
Continue reading through John’s account of the Last Supper until the end.
John 13:12 13 You refer to me as a teacher and a lord, and you are correct, since that is exactly what I am.
Once again, Jesus stated that they would not comprehend what He was doing to them until later in the evening hours.
Repentance and forgiveness of sins Certainly, offering service to others is vitally essential because it represents the very fruits of the spirit, but the major lesson that Christ was imparting and fulfilling was that until He wipes us clean from all impurity, we will be unable to have any role in His kingdom.
- All of the texts that have been quoted are from the NASB 2017.
- It is the gospel of peace that gives us the ability to be ready.
- Because, once Jesus had died, they would set out to fulfill his mission with their crosses in hand.
- Because of your trust in the blood of Jesus, you are declared righteous before God because of what he has done for you and on your behalf.
- 36:26 (Isa 36:26).
- As a symbol of the death of the old man and the birth of a new life.
- The reception of the holy spirit occurs as we call out to our heavenly Father.
Continue to walk the remainder of your days in the spirit, knowing that Jesus is with you.
It has given me a better understanding of Jesus and his disciples.
Thank you for your assistance.
Lydia Nangolo, Windhoekon, Namibia, 8 August 2020: It was only this morning that I discovered this.
Then I came across your really thorough explication of what I needed to know, and thank God for that, for we are truly serving a Loving Master who has forgiven us of our mistakes.
Yes, thank you so much for your participation and insight.
Norman Morrisonon is a fictional character created by author Norman Morrisonon.
Also, from the Lord Jesus Christ, the trustworthy witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over all the kings of the earth To Him who loved us and washed us clean from our sins in His own blood, 6 and who has raised us up as kings and priests before His God and Father, be glory and reign forever and ever throughout the earth.
- NKJVT ony Muse (author) from Texas, United States of America on February 02, 2020: ” Greetings, Mike.
- Seeing that people like yourself are looking for deeper significance in the things that Jesus accomplished is always encouraging.
- The second of February, 2020: I came upon this when Googling my own interpretation, which was based on the same process you used to arrive at your conclusion.
- In general agreement, most interpreters feel that Christ’s contact with Peter was about a continuing cleansing that the believer need, as opposed to the “complete washing” that occurs at the time of redemption.
- I was under the impression that it was a call to join the immoral mess of people’s lives and assist them in getting clean, despite the fact that it would be extremely inconvenient for us.
- (It was similar to bearing their load.) As a result, I believe you may be onto something.
It is obviously not a general exhortation to serve one another, despite the fact that this is a Biblical command.
Isaac Alion is a fictional character created by author Isaac Alion.
It was just Judas who had not been cleansed or repentant.
Igombeon, Fredrick Lukwago (Fredrick Lukwago Igombeon) The 14th of December, 2019: Is there anything that a minister of God is expected to do before he or she begins washing people’s feet?
Is it my responsibility to be my brother’s keeper?
A sin that is punishable by death exists; I do not suggest that he should pray for it.
(See the Great Commission for further information.) Tlhalosangon The 5th of November, 2019: Thank you for your assistance; I now understand why our Lord Jesus Christ bathed the feet of His followers.
The 13th of October, 2019: Because they had previously been bathed, I believe the disciples had already experienced the remission of their sins.
It is possible that Jesus was referring to the forgiveness of one another because they would have to confront Judas’s sin later in the sermon.
This would probably be the most difficult and hard obstacle for the disciples to overcome.
Phyllison The 11th of August, 2019: I’ve also read that Christ was bringing attention to our physical/egotistical urge to be at the top of the world’s social structure when he said this.
Alma Paloson’s full name is Alma Paloson.
In order for people to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, he set a precedent.
If I forgive you, then you must forgive others as well, right?
When I read the section of the narrative where Peter is involved, I had the distinct impression that there was more to it than just service and humility at play.
Smith Tettey was written by Tony Muse (author) on May 21, 2019 in Texas, USA.
The discussion that took place between Jesus and Peter was not about the conclusion of their journey to Jerusalem, nor was it about the habit of a host inspecting the feet of their visitors.
Blessings Smith Tetteyon is a fictional character created by author Smith Tetteyon.
This act of Jesus did not imply that he was granting forgiveness for sins.
The washing of one’s feet signified the completion of a journey in that culture.
Yes, that is important, but I believe there is more to be said about this topic.
My Lord seemed to want to teach me more about forgiveness, as I perceive it.
on the 18th of April, 2019: I was one of the 12 disciples that were chosen.
My feet were being cleansed by my father.
Is it okay if I wash your feet?
Ronnieon The 18th of April, 2019: Thank you so much for rekindling the flames of my spiritual life.
The 18th of April, 2019: It’s a straightforward history of Jesus Christ, which I find appealing.
I am delighted that you found the post informative.
TonySandypaon The 18th of April, 2019: Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention.
God’s blessings on you.
I believe that the Bible is the most important book in the history of mankind, and that no other book comes close.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article.
Tony Gabriel Suakollie is a Liberian citizen.
Tamarajoon The 31st of March, 2018: One more point: I believe that the position of the Laver, which was used for washing after the Sacrificial Altar, verifies your revelation and interpretation of the New Testament foot washing scenario.
I appreciate all of the checks and balances that are included in His Word.
Tamarajoon The 31st of March, 2018: Thank you very much, Tony.
Inquiring about the laver, I only found information about the service element, which I found to be a disappointment.
What a gracious and merciful God He is.
On March 31, 2018, Tony Muse (author) from Texas, United States of America wrote: Tamarajo (Tamarajo) – In fact, as you are already aware, the sanctuary was unquestionably a ritual that was performed over and over again in order to represent Christ and His ministry.
I greatly appreciate you bringing this to my attention!
Jesus lectured about the value of forgiveness on a consistent basis.
Is it possible for our faith to be genuine if we do not exhibit the fruits of the Spirit?
The fact that we are saved by our works does not imply that we are saved by our efforts; rather, our “works” are the fruits of the spirit, which are love, patience, generosity, compassion, and so on.
We Christians should feel responsible to assist people in need in whatever way that we are able, regardless of our religious affiliation.
Currently, I’m looking at the Brass Laver in the Old Testament Tabernacle, which was where the priesthood washed their hands and feet before entering the sanctuary.
It symbolizes our awareness and comprehension of what Christ has done for us via that Sacrifice in cleaning us from our sin by our participation in it.
Is what I’ve written correct?
While humility was at the heart of Christ’s mission, I think that the setting in which He washed the disciples’ feet was one of genuine forgiveness and grace on their part.
Christ, on the other hand, truly cleansed them from all unrighteousness.
Hxprofon The first day of March, 2018: That’s just right!
Our salvation is provided to us by Christ’s grace, which permits God to operate in us in order for us to “clear ourselves from every impurity,” as the Bible describes the process of “purifying ourselves from every pollution.” It’s in that process that we are cleaned up, and it’s imperative that we learn how to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in that process of being washed clean, as it says in Philipians 2:12-13 “Work out your own salvation in fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure”.
Many of us struggle with this vital aspect of our religion, which requires us to fully die to our selfish and carnal desires of heart in order to be saved.
On February 22, 2018, Tony Muse (author) from Texas, United States of America wrote: Thank you so much, Diane.
Every time I read the gospels, I think about how Jesus was carrying out the prophecies of the Old Testament through His words and actions.
His life was definitely something for us to think about. Wishing you the best of luck! On February 22, 2018, G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana wrote the following: This is quite interesting! Thank you very much!