The God Who Cleanses (John 13:1-11)

As we have noticed throughout John’s gospel about Jesus, John often has deeper symbolic language behind the signs and events that he records. Jesus, knowing that he was leaving this world to go to the Father, has loved his own to the end. He shows the attitude of humility by taking on the clothing of a servant and washing the disciples’ feet. This foot washing scene parallels what Jesus did for the whole world, taking on the form of a servant by becoming human and being obedient to the Father to the point of death on the cross. After doing his work of service by dying on the cross for the world, Jesus takes back his glorious form and resumes his rightful place. But there is something more that is being taught, which is seen in conversation between Jesus and Peter. The conversation that we will look at is found in John 13:6-11.

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