|The Lord's Supper and Feet Washing
By Kenneth Law
"In the Lord's Supper and Washing of the Saint's Feet."
The Lord's Supper speaks special truths, and all point to the cross. The bread and wine both say, "Remember Me
and My Death." They show the violence of His death and tell us of the blessing that flows to us therefrom. When we
remember the Divine Covenant, the forgiveness of sins, the new life and the fullness of Joy, we should all glory when
we think of the Lord's Supper.
(Matthew 26:26-30) says, "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to
the disciples, and said, take eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave It to them saying,
Drink ye all of it; For this is My Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I
say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my
Father's Kingdom. And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives."
The lesson that Jesus was setting forth was that the Passover would not be needed anymore because of the new
agreement He brought through the shedding of His Blood.
He then gave the ordinances to be practiced by His followers until He comes again. Jesus wants us to remember that
His body was broken and His Blood was shed so that we might be redeemed from the curse of sin. Like the
Passover Lamb that was slain and the blood applied to the doorpost for the saving of the firstborn, so did Jesus die
that His blood could provide life for all if we would accept it. He then tells us to remember His death by eating the
The Apostle John gives additional accounts of the Lord's Supper in (St. John 13:4,5), "He riseth from supper, and
laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that, he poureth water into a basin, and began to
wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded." This lesson recorded by John
gives us a great example in being servants one to the other. Jesus, King and Lord took the role of a servant then,
with marvelous self-abasement, washed the disciples' feet. The disciples were twelve strong men, yet they could not
do without a servant: therefore their Lord supplied the vacant place. Christ is gone into Heaven, and His church still
needs servants, and we will never be so clean that we will have no need of feet washing.
Because of the nature of self-love, men sometimes say, "If he needs his feet washed, let him wash his own feet," but
the nature of a Christian is: "I am willing to let others help me become holy, and I also want to help others become
the same." You will often find it more humbling to have your own feet washed, than to wash another's feet.
The lesson goes far beyond the realm of the walls that they enclose us in, for we see that Jesus was teaching that to
those who needed a service, there had to be someone to be the server. To find the real blessing, we must
sometimes go past the ceremonial foot-washing service within the church, into the place of residence of an
individual who stands in a real need of the service that, we as his servants could supply
If we could hear the Apostle Peter acclaim now in person, I am sure he would say unto us. "All of you gird yourselves
with humility to serve one another, for God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble."
There are some who try to discount the account that John recorded, by saying that it was a custom of those days. I
find no record anywhere that it was a custom for Kings to wash peasant's feet. Christ provided us a great example in
washing His disciples' feet, and went on to proclaim that when we realize that the servant is not greater than his
Lord, how happy we could be if we would perform like-services.
When we realize the great importance of partaking of the Lord's Supper and can grasp the great lesson He taught
about being real Christians one to another, we can certainly have a greater influence upon the humanity among
which we dwell.
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