Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” —John 13:3-8

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in the Israel of Jesus’ time there were dusty roads, and, for the most part, people walked where they had to go. Walking on dusty roads meant dusty feet. Today, a 10 or 15-mile walk probably would mean a shower at the end of the day. Then, it meant washing one’s feet. In the instance reported in the preceding Bible verse, Jesus washing his disciples’ feet is analogous to what His mission was on earth: To shed His blood and to sacrifice His life in order to wash away our sins.

Now, if we walk those dusty roads with Jesus Christ and stay with Him, He will wash our feet at the end of the day and we will be happy in His presence while we are here on earth, and live at last with Him forevermore.

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