Talks for Growing Christians
The Beginning of the Upper Room Events: Footwashing
Lesson Number 61
- The foot washing event pictures our cleansing from sin.
- The foot washing event pictures the path of Christ.
- Would you wash the feet of Judas?
- In which chapters does John record the upper room discourses?
- In which of the gospels is the Lord’s Supper recorded? In which of the gospels is foot washing recorded?
- Why was foot washing done?
- What is the difference between the two words, “wash,” used in John 13:10?
- What does foot washing picture spiritually? Why is there reference to two washings?
- How does foot washing picture the path of Christ?
- John 13-17
- The Lord’s supper is in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The foot washing is recorded only by John.
- People wore sandals and the roads were dusty, so it was common courtesy for a host to make his guests more comfortable by washing their feet.
- The first word is best translated “bathe,” and refers to washing the whole body; the second word refers to washing only part of the body, like the feet.
- Foot washing pictures cleansing from sin. Believers need the bath of salvation (Titus 3:5) and the daily cleansing from defiling sin (1 John 1:9). See also Psalm 139:23-24.
- There is a vivid portrayal of the self-humiliation of Christ as He left heaven’s glory to go to His death on the cross for us, and finally through His glorification return to His place with the Father.
- When were you washed (saved)? When do you wash your daily defiling sins? How close is your communion and fellowship with the Lord Jesus?
- Have you ever been betrayed by a fellow believer? What was your response and attitude toward him? Would you wash the feet of this “Judas?” In other words, how great is your love for the brethren?
- Read Philippians 2:5-8. Do you have the attitude of Christ?
- “Jesus rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” John 13:4-5
- “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” John 13:8
- “Jesus said, ‘You are not all clean.’” John 13:11