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Want a Bath?

Jesus washing Peter's feetIn the last story you told me Jesus was turning over tables.

Now you’re going to tell me a story about washing feet?

Was there dirt on those tables that spilled onto the people’s feet?

Maybe a dog got muddy paw prints on somebody’s feet.

Okay, I’ll listen to the story.

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It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love.

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I bet He gave them lots of extra treats.

I am listening.

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The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.

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Is Judas Iscariot going to make Jesus do something special for him?

I bet he wants extra treats.

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Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God.

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God gives treats, doesn’t He?

I’m listening. I’m listening.

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So Jesus got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.

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I hope Jesus finished His dinner before He did that.

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After that, Jesus poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.

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That sounds kind of like when you give me a bath person. Except that you wash more than my feet.

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Jesus came to Simon Peter, who said to Him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

“No,” said Peter, “you will never wash my feet.”

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I guess Peter didn’t like baths.

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Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

“Then Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

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Oh, now I get it. Peter didn’t think he was getting enough of a bath. He wanted more.

Peter’s my kind of guy.

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Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For He knew who was going to betray Him, and that was why He said not every one was clean.

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Couldn’t Jesus have just given that not clean guy a bath?

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When Jesus had finished washing their feet, He put on His clothes and returned to His place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” He asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.

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That should be easy. Once I’m all wet all I have to do is shake and somebody else’s feet will get washed.

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Then Jesus said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.”

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Sometimes that’s not true.

You think you’re greater than me, person, but I know different.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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