5 Vital Lessons From Jesus Washing Disciples’ Feet.

There are many lessons from Jesus washing his disciples’ feet in the New Testament that we as believers today can learn from.

In this post today, we will discuss the 5 major lessons we as believers can learn and practice from our Lord Jesus Christ washing the disciples’ feet.

Without wasting your precious time, let’s dive into the 5 major lessons from Jesus washing disciples’ feet that we need to apply in our lives as Christians especially when it comes to love.

Why Jesus Washed The Disciple’s Feet?

Jesus washed the disciples’ feet for several reasons after the last supper and there was a special reason for this act of service at this time (John 13:1-15).

He wanted to show his disciples how important it is to serve one another and to love one another. Jesus wanted to show them that He was in a different relationship with them than he had been with the people at the last supper.

He was now their leader, and they were now under His authority. His leadership was not based on cleverness or power; it was based on love and service.

The disciples were amazed at this display of humility and service by Jesus, who was an all-powerful God himself, who had just fed them with miraculous food and called for a miracle from God as well.

But Jesus’ humility did not come from weakness; it came from knowledge and understanding of what true humility is. Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as He wanted to show them what true humility is all about and how we as believers we must treat each other.

5 Lessons From Jesus’ Foot Washing.

Below are the 5 lessons we can learn from Jesus washing the disciples’ feet that we as Christians today need to apply in our lives.

  • Have Humility.
  • Love As Christ Did.
  • Be Willing To Serve.
  • We Are Called To Be Servants.
  • Spiritual Cleansing Of Our Sins.

1. Have Humility.

One of the major lessons we can learn from Jesus Christ washing the disciples’ feet in John 13:1-10 is that we as Christians who claim to be followers of Christ Jesus need to have humility.

For Jesus to touch and wash the feet of His disciples considering how dirty our feet can be show great humility Jesus had. In like manner, we need to serve each other in humility.

Implying that we need to be willing to do certain things to each other out of love that the world can perceive as slavery or humiliating.

The fact that Jesus washed the disciples’ feet indicates that we as Christians must also bear each other’s needs and be willing to serve each other.

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2. Love As Christ Did.

The second vital lesson we can get from Jesus washing the feet of the disciples is that we must love one another as Christ loved us.

This is why Jesus said in John 13:34 after washing the feet of His disciples that a new commandment He has now given them before His crucifixion is to love one another as He first loved us.

Implying that we need to sacrificially love and serve others, especially our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ without selfish motives or expecting anything in return.

Remember, Jesus, washed the disciples’ feet not because His disciples would wash His feet back but washed their feet to demonstrate how we must love each other selflessly and unconditionally without any selfish motives.

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3. Be Willing To Serve.

The third lesson we can get from Jesus washing His disciples’ feet as we see in John 13:1-17 is that we need to have a heart that is willing to selflessly serve others in love.

You need to understand that true love is all about being willing to serve others rather than being served as true love that is from Christ Jesus always seeks to serve others.

As believers, we are called to love and serve each other by putting the needs of others above our own which is contrary to what the world teaches.

Contrary to what the world teaches about love, which only encourages people to be selfish and self-centered, Jesus’ story of, washing disciples’ feet reminds us that we must sacrificially serve each other in love and not think of ourselves only.

4. We Are Called To Be Servants.

Another lesson we can get from Jesus washing the disciple’s feet after the Lord’s supper is that we are called to servanthood and to be servants of others which is contrary to our natural sinful self.

This can be seen in the case of the disciples who at first never had this spirit of servanthood causing them to argue amongst themselves about who will be the greatest among them (Luke 9:46).

At that time, it never occurred to Jesus’ disciples to wash each other’s feet as everyone wanted to be greater than the other. So, Jesus had to wash their feet to remind them of the importance of humility and servanthood to each other.

As believers, we are called to be servants of each other and be willing to serve each other just as our Master, Christ Jesus came to serve rather than being served.

5. Spiritual Cleansing Of Our Sins.

Last but not least, the other lesson we can get from Jesus washing the disciples’ feet is the spiritual cleansing of our sins that happens when we give our lives to Jesus Christ.

The washing of the disciple’s feet by Jesus has a very important spiritual significance of what happens when we come to Christ in repentance to be cleansed of our sins.

Christ washing His disciples’ feet with water also spiritually signifies the blood Jesus shed on the cross that cleanses us from all sin unto salvation (1 John 1:7).

Since we are all dirty sinners by birth symbolized by the dirty feet Jesus was washing in a basin, we also need to be washed and cleansed by this spiritual water, which is the Blood Christ shed on the cross for us to be made clean.

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I hope the above lessons of Jesus washing disciples’ feet have helped you learn one or two things you can apply in your Christian life as a believer and follower of Christ Jesus.

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2 thoughts on “5 Vital Lessons From Jesus Washing Disciples’ Feet.”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this life transforming lessons. I have now understood the purpose of that service which was done by our master jesus, keep the good work explore more on the word of God help the world from the false teachers which have taken the pulpit to deceive the saints.


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