One of the best passages in the Gospels is the scene where Jesus washes the feet of His disciples. And there are a number of good teachings inside that one teaching. But I found something amazing today as I was reading through Exodus.
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing; and you shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it. Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet from it; when they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, so that they will not die; or when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in smoke a fire sacrifice to the Lord . So they shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they will not die; and it shall be a perpetual statute for them, for Aaron and his descendants throughout their generations.”Exodus 30:17-21 NASB
So as you can see, the priests had to wash their hands and their feet before they were able to enter into the tent of meeting, but also before they were able to offer up a fire sacrifice or a burnt offering. So there is a parallel between the priests and the disciples.
Peter *said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”John 13:8 NASB
If Jesus didn’t wash the feet of the disciples they wouldn’t have been able to take up the sacrifice of Jesus, just as the priests were unable to take the sacrifice to the altar without being washed first. And they even were the last people to be with Jesus right before He was brought to the ‘altar’.
At that time Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would against a robber? Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me. But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.” Then all the disciples left Him and fled.Matthew 26:55-56 NASB
So we must all wash our feet and our hands in accepting the sacrifice of Christ. Think about Christ as our sacrifice today and remember Him. Your life has meaning, purpose, and a destiny, because Christ died for you.
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