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Fruit of the Spirit

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Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet

by Sophia Prinsloo

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Afrikaans translation


"I have pushed you far enough, it's my turn now!" Quintin complained to his older brother who was sitting in the go-cart, turning the steering wheel to make wide turns in the yard.


"Only a little further, Quintin! I am older and deserve to be pushed further!" replied Terrence.

"Mom, Mother, Mo-o-o-om!" yelled Quintin. Their mother anxiously looked through the window to see what the racket was all about. "Mom, Terrence doesn't want to give me a chance on the go-cart! It's not fair, because I must push him the whole time!"

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There was great excitement in Jerusalem because of the Passover Feast and the dusty roads were full of people coming from far and near for the celebration. Jesus and his disciples were there, too. After a long day, they sat down tired and hungry at the supper table in the upper room.

Jesus knew He would soon be crucified, but He was determined to do the will of his heavenly Father. His heavenly Father had entrusted Jesus with the salvation of all humanity, because Jesus dearly loved his people. He loved them so much that He would give his life for them.

Their host provided a bowl of water Their host had provided a bowl of water and a towel for the group of tired men so that they could wash their dirty feet after taking off their sandals. However, there was no servant, as the custom was, to wash their feet.


While they were sitting at the supper table, Jesus got up, took off his outer garments, picked up the towel and fastened it around his waist, just like servants did in those times.


"What is the Master doing now?" the disciples wondered silently. "He never does something without reason."

Jesus kneeled down in front of each disciple Jesus kneeled down in front of each disciple and, like a servant, washed their feet and dried them with the towel that hung around Him. Some of the disciples got all teary-eyed, while others were speechless. When it was Judas' turn, a tear rolled over Jesus' cheek, because He knew Judas would betray Him. Yet He washed his feet too.

When Jesus reached Peter to wash his feet, Peter could not contain himself any longer. "How could the Master humble Himself to do a servant's job?" he thought to himself. "Lord," he asked, "are You going to wash MY feet?"


Jesus replied, "What I am doing, you don't understand now, but after this you will understand."

Peter did not want to allow Jesus to humble Himself Peter did not want to allow Jesus to humble Himself in front of the likes of him, a lowly fisherman, so he told Jesus, "You shall never wash MY feet!"

Jesus answered, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me."


That frightened Peter because he so dearly wanted to have a part with Jesus. He quickly replied, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!"


Jesus knew that Peter had a good heart and answered him, "He who has already bathed needs only to wash his feet to be completely clean, and you are clean, but not all of you."

He said not all of them were clean, because Judas' heart was not clean. Jesus knew Judas had already schemed with the Pharisees to betray Him.

When Jesus was finished He sat down at the table with them When Jesus was finished, He put on his garments, sat down at the table with them and asked them, "Do you understand what I have done to you? You call Me Master and Lord, and you are right, for I am that. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Even though I have washed your feet, you are not more important than Me. Now that you know how to follow My example, God will bless you if you serve one another in love."

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It doesn't matter how important you think you are. You are never too important to do something good for somebody else.


Did Terrence behave right? Why or why not?
Did Quintin respond the right way? Why or why not?
What do you think their mother said to them?
How can Quintin and Terrence follow Jesus' example in this story?



"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law" (Galatians 5:22-23).



"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls"
(Matthew 11:29 NKJV).


Dog and boy praying

Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus
as an example of how we must live.
Help us to be humble and meek like Him and
serve others in love. In Your Name I pray. Amen.


John 13:1-17
Galatians 5:19-26



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