"I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you" John 13:15.
Yes, Jesus laid down a pattern for us, to do about everything, and to make others ‘Holy’ the same way he taught us. He said now you’re clean, but not each one of you. Again he said, "Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet" John 13:13-14.
Here was his example;
- he loved his own to the end.
- he washed his disciples' feet, and wiped them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Doesn’t this remind you of the good Samaritan? He saw the man, and "he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him" Luke 10:33-34. God expects us to do exactly that, to take care of others.
He said, “I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them" John 13:15-17.
You ought to do it quite the same, as you’ve seen him do it for you. Do not be like Peter though, who unknowingly wanted to resist his love, We also may fall in the same trap of resting others, or be over zealous and want to wash the whole body. If you know these things, "Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all" John 13:10. We shouldn’t burden others, Paul said, "But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile" 2 Corinthians 12:16.
I have given you an example! It is enough to make others come to Christ the same way he laid us an example, and to love. He said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" John 13:34-35.
Owe no man any thing, Paul says, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
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