Humbleness, Holiness and Happiness

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Humility

In this chapter we find our Lord’s farewell message to His disciples which gives the account of the Last Supper. He is meeting in the Upper Room with them in order to observe the Passover.  He knew that “His hour was come” (v. 1), and that Judas would soon betray Him (v. 2). He also knew that soon He would be with the Father (v. 3). In these  last few hours together, He teaches them the importance of humbleness and holiness which leads to happiness.

  1. Humbleness (vv. 4-5) - The disciples must have been shocked when Jesus took a towel and a wash basin and began to wash their feet. It was customary in Palestine for a servant to wash the feet of guests because the streets were dusty and people wore sandals without socks.  Since there was no servant present and the disciples were too proud to perform this menial task, the Lord did it. He gave them an unforgettable lesson in humility, and by His actions, rebuked their selfishness and pride and told them how to have a close family.
  2. Holiness (vv. 6-11) - As Peter watched the Lord wash his friends’ feet, he strongly objected to this act of humility. Jesus explains that when a sinner trusts the Savior he is “bathed all over” as his sins are washed away and forgiven. However, as the believer walks in the world, it is easy to become defiled (have dirty feet). He does not need to be bathed again but simply needs to have that defilement cleansed (I John 1:9) so he can have a clear conscience.
  3. Happiness (vv. 12-17) - We can see how humbleness and holiness will bring true happiness. Jesus knew that he was soon going to die and he was having His last meal with His family. What would you want to tell your family if you knew this was your last meal?

Application

The world asks, “How many  people work for you?” but the Lord asks “For how many people do I work?"  Lord, help me to humble myself and roll up my sleeves to help others!

John 13:1-11 (English Standard Version)

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, 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." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you." For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, "Not all of you are clean."

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