约翰福音-John 13 章 19~22节
From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe that I am.
Truly, truly, I say to you, He who receives whomever I shall send receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.
When Jesus had said these things, He became troubled in His spirit, and He testified and said, Truly, truly, I say to you that one of you will betray Me.
The disciples looked at one another, perplexed over whom He was speaking about.
Though the foot-washing is for fellowship in life, it was not so with Judas. He was washed, but he was never in the fellowship, because he was a false one (vv. 18-31a). Before the Lord washed the disciples’ feet, the devil had already put into Judas’s heart that he should betray the Lord. This kind of understanding can be confirmed in a negative sense by verse 2, which says that at that time the devil had “already put into the heart of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, that he should betray Him.” The aim of the devil’s evildoing is to keep people away from the relationship with God. But what the Lord did in washing the disciples’ feet was to keep His disciples in the relationship with God in Him. While the devil was working to keep people away from this relationship with God, the Lord did the work of foot-washing as a way to keep His disciples in the relationship with God in Him.
In chapter thirteen the Lord established an example by washing the disciples’ feet that they might have a pleasant time of fellowship, enjoying the Lord and one another. We need such foot-washing today. Foot-washing should not be merely a matter in the physical way. It should be more in the spiritual way which means a great deal to our spiritual life. Today the world is dirty, and we, the saints, are easily contaminated. For us to maintain pleasant fellowship with the Lord and with one another we need spiritual foot-washing.