I. We must be washed!
A. We are cleansed by the Word of God!
The Word of God knows the best way to clean us!
2. The Word of God is sharper than a 2 edged sword and knows the exact places to cut in our lives.
The word of God has to be accepted or rejected.
B. In order to make it to Heaven we must be washed by the water!
We need to be baptized in order to be saved!
2. The washing of regeneration and the infilling of the Holy Ghost according to His mercy is what saves us!
What I am preaching and teaching today is not a work that we can do, but it is a work that only His spirit can do through our obedience!
Washing feet and how it applies to us today.
A. Why did Jesus wash the disciples feet?
1. Simple fact is he washed their feet because they were dirty.
He had the disciples prepare everything except for provisioning a servant to wash everyones feet, which was the custom.
i. Jesus put Himself in the place of that servant and washed ALL of their feet, including Judas!
It is clear that Jesus washed their feet AFTER they ate.
None of the disciples, it seems, even considered stooping to the place of washing the other people at the tables feet.
It could be speculated that they did not because that would cause them to have to stoop to a lower level of society than they were willing at that moment to go to.
But after Jesus did it, you find the practice introduce in the very beginning of the church.
In fact, they felt so strongly about it that they made participation in foot washing a part of the qualification for a widow to be able to receive help from the church.
v. Humility is a huge key in succeeding in the kingdom of God!
2. This night there was a need, but it required that someone humbled themselves to complete the job.
In the kingdom of God there are many jobs to be accomplished, but sometimes we do not want to lower ourselves to the positions that would be required in order to complete the job that God has called us to do!
It will be uncomfortable for us to humble ourselves to those positions, but when we do the rewards from the One who called us are limitless!
Happiness comes when we yield ourselves to these things that God has called us to, He gave us this example to follow!