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The Basin and the Towel

By: Sharon Fraizer

. . . He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him . . . “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”  Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”  . . . Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet (John 13: 4-14).

Simon was appalled! The washing of feet was a servant’s job. No way would he allow his teacher and friend to touch his rough and calloused feet, dusty and smelly from the day’s journey. But Jesus’ unexpected demonstration modeled for Peter the humbling lesson of receiving and giving service.
Once I attended a special church service commemorating the Last Supper, which included foot washing. A worshipper who wished to…

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