Unless I Wash You…

Written by Joe Dardano

In John 13, Peter feels uncomfortable with the idea of Jesus washing his feet. Perhaps Peter felt unworthy being served by Jesus. His emotion was heightened, exclaiming “you will never wash my feet” (John 13: 8). That statement was charged emotionally, consistent with Peter’s intense personality. Peter often spoke before thinking, as noted when he denied knowing Jesus Christ three times. So during the lesson of the washing of the feet given by Jesus Christ for his disciples, Peter again demonstrates his impulsive persona. In response to Peter’s insistence Jesus teaches Peter that he must receive the gesture of grace in order be in union with Christ: “unless I wash you, you have no share with me” (John 13:8). Peter needed to accept the love of Jesus Christ in order to share in his glory and power. It isĀ  not good enough simply to be of service to others without being served and cared for by God himself. Peter needed to learn the lesson of receiving the love of God in order to participate in his kingdom. Love is a powerful force in life and it moves people to great feats and accomplishments. The power of loves resides in a two way relationship between God and his creation.

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Joe Dardano

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