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Washing the Feet of Your Enemies

Washing the Feet of Your Enemies

Apr 11, 2021

Passage: John 13:1-20

Preacher: Jobey McGinty

Series: Gospel of John - Behold & Believe

Category: Sacrifice, Humility, Servant, Generosity, Love

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When we read about Jesus washing the feet of His disciples, it's easy to view this through a modern, sterile lens and to minimize the humility this act of service required. This was not a pleasant job, however, as the sandaled feet of travelers at the time would have been likely covered with all sorts of dirt, grime, animal feces...you name it! And when we step back and remember that this is not "just" a man washing the dirty feet of his friends...this is the living God, serving his enemies. Those that were soon to betray him, and those that had lived lives contrary to His law...and even us. In doing so, Jesus models the type of service He expects from His followers.

We may not agree with the viewpoints, behavior or attitudes of those that God brings into our lives, but He calls us to love and serve them, as He has loved and served us, with grace, generosity and sacrifice. Thankfully His Spirit comes alongside us and provides all that we can't!

ABOUT THIS SERIES: The Gospel of John was written "that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing in Him you may have life in His Name" (John 20.30). The Apostle John, as an eyewitness and close friend of Jesus', desires for us to behold His beauty, love, and glory, and believe in His power and willingness to being forgiveness and life. As we journey through the Gospel of John, we will behold the life, teachings, works, and ministry of Jesus, and will hear straight from Him who He said He is, so that we would more deeply put our hope and trust in the Man who is God.