DSC00550John 13:5-8 (NKJV) “ After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” The night Jesus was betrayed he shared an intimate time of communion with them.

Before Jesus partook of the bread and wine with His disciples He did something so humbling and prophetic…He washed their feet. Why would He do such a thing? Why was it so important that if He had not, they could not have any part of Him?

bronze laver 3You see what Jesus did that night was again very similar to an act of worship in the Old Testament. In Exodus 30:18-21, the Priest and their sons would be required to wash their hands and feet in the bronze laver in the outer court of the tabernacle to prepare them to go into the inner court. In fact the scriptures stat that if this is not done they would die attempting to enter into the inner court (vs. 20).

 

The inner court of the tabernacle represented the place where the Holy Spirit dwelt as part of the trinity of God. This was the place of the work and ministry of the Priest; a place where they fueled the light in the room solely from the oil they kept in the lamps, a place where they brought the daily bread of sacrifice, and a place where they burned incense night and day as the smoke carried to heaven the intercession and prayers from their lips.

That night as Jesus knelt down and washed His disciple’s feet He was not just coming to them as their great teacher or even savior to be, but as the Priest of God with His sons.  He was preparing them for so much more than they could possibly understand in that moment. In that very hour He was prophetically declaring them as sons in the Priesthood; the blood line of Jesus who was about to be permitted into the inner court of the Kingdom of Heaven where the spirit of God dwells. But they were not only about to enter into the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, but they were about to become the very inner court for the Holy Spirit to dwell in. The Holy Spirit for the first time since Adam and Eve was about to not just come upon but dwell and live inside man. He was not just preparing them for communion in the natural, but communion in the Spirit. But this required holiness and righteousness. Jesus Himself washed their feet to ensure that they understood that no amount of water on this earth could ever cleanse them to become a vessel for the Holy Spirit. But it is only through the baptism of Christ, crucified and resurrected, that we are clothed in righteousness and holiness and deemed worthy vessels for His spirit to live, dwell, and work through. In a little over 40 days later they received the in-filling of the Holy Spirit in yet another upper room experience; fulfilling the call of New Testament Priest and sons and daughters of Christ on earth.

Act of Worship for Families

Prepare a large bowl of water, communion (doesn’t have to be formal communion could be any juice and bread in your home), and begin to play soft worship music in the background. Have the head of the house hold wash the hands and feet of each family member and declare over them the righteousness and holiness of Christ. Than take communion as a family and spend a few minutes in worship to Jesus.

Act of Worship for Children’s Church

If you have one bring a large upright cross into the room, place a large bowl of water at the foot of it (if you have a lot of kids you may want to prepare two bowls), play soft worship music in the background, and have communion prepared for the kids. Have leaders wash the hands of each child as they come up declaring over them the righteousness and holiness of Christ. When finished, partake of communion together and spend some time in worship.