John 13.3–5 ESV
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that vhe had come from God and wwas 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.
This last message in our series, AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER, focus’ on what we find when we come to the feet of Jesus. Each week, we’ve built upon the importance of coming to Jesus, learning from Him about why He’s come, what He’s doing, and what we are supposed to do. But when we come to Him, just what do we find? We find Jesus, but not in the way you may think.
Our text this morning shows us that the Disciples have gathered around Jesus, coming to dine with Him at this “last supper.” What He does next is amazing. He gets up, takes off His outer robe, takes a long towel, and ties it around Himself. He then pours water into a basin and washes the dirty feet of His closest followers. The towel being tied around Him is significant because it symbolizes what He will really and actually do very soon—take their sin from them (and us) and place it on Himself. We learn exactly who He is (because only God can remove sin), what He’s come to do (remove our sin and give us new life) and what we are to do (wash the feet of the world, just as He has washed our feet).
So what do we find at the feet of Jesus? We find Jesus there, washing us clean and making us whole. Jesus does what He does because He desires NOTHING stand in between us and Him. He has gone to the greatest length in order to be with us, to be close. He calls to us, urging us to come home, inviting us into a life-saving, life-giving, life-sustaining relationship. And when we turn, when we turn around to Him, we find that there’s no work to be done, no traveling to be engaged, because we find Him, having already come to us. The journey we take is a journey with Him, not a journey alone.
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. – Joshua 1:5
We trust in His coming, in His work, and in His commitment to be with us always. Know that Jesus has come so that the world may have life. They must turn to Him, they must come to the feet of the Master. But when they do, they will find Him right there, having already made the long trek to their side, and is ready with arms wide open to embrace us and journey with us. Praise Him for all He has done for us. HE IS GOOD!