“How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who [a]bring good news of good things!’ Romans 10:15 (NASB)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Dr. Scholl, manufacturer of foot care products for relieving and preventing foot, heel and knee pain is world renown; however the ultimate foot care specialist is Doctor Jesus!
The word feet is mentioned 256 times in the King James version of the Bible.
Feet are profound for acknowledging the prognosis of a lot of diseases.
In biblical terms, feet usually stand for our WALK, conduct, or formal possession.
Washing the feet of another is one of the most humiliating positions you can put yourself in.
For Jesus, it was the demonstration of His humbleness and His servanthood.
I remember a story that one of my friends told me when he was “out there in the world”. He and his best friend had been running the streets doing some things that were inappropriate for days. They had not bathed, had not eaten and had not taken care of their hygiene properly. Their feet were prime examples and proven indicators of such – in his words, “They stank and looked bad Mr. Bobby.”
He went on to tell me that they saw old ladies out on the church grounds washing people’s feet.
A vision came to mind of old ladies in antebellum dresses with aprons and headscarves. They were under big oak trees with wooden chairs and the old galvanized foot tubs.
They were having an old-fashioned foot washing good time. But when my friend and his friend came up, the old ladies frowned, scuffed and turned away. They told the preacher, according to my friend, “I can’t wash these boys feet; they too dirty.”
Can you imagine how the feet of the disciples looked when they wore their sandals and carried the Good News across rugged terrain, through dirt and mud with no ability to get a pedicure now can you imagine what their feet looked that?
Now picture this – being in the upper room at the last sup-per when Jesus himself took the status of a lowly servant, girded himself with a towel, got down on his hands and knees behind their back at the feet of each one of his disciples even the one that would betray him and he washed their tattered and torn, dirty and nasty feet, Jesus the Prince of Peace.
What a mighty God we serve.
He came not as King and Conqueror, but as the suffering Servant of Isaiah 53. As He revealed in Matthew 20:28, He came “not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The meekness communicated by His action with cloth and washbowl foretold His definitive act of humility and love on the cross.
Jesus’s foot care comes with the washing of ‘Living water’ that cleans not only the feet but the entire person-soul included.
When we come to Christ for washing, we can be sure that it is everlasting and thorough. No act can cleanse us further from our sin. However we do need repeated purging from the special effects of living in the flesh in a sin-vexatious world.
By washing His disciples’ feet, Jesus was showing us how to live. “I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15). As His children, we are to do as He did and as His Word tells us, serving one another in lowliness of heart and mind, seeking to build one another up in humility and love. When we selfishly strive for the superiority (the big-head), we offend the Lord who promised that real greatness in His kingdom is accomplished by those with a servant’s heart (Mark 9:35; 10:44). When we have that servant’s heart, the Lord promised, we will be greatly blessed (John 13:17).
A SERVANT’S HEART MAY COME WITH ACHING FEET, BUT GOD IS THE HEALER