You Do Not Realize Now

Jn 13:3–15


Before the Passover ceremony, Jesus Christ gets up and wraps a towel around his waist. And He pours water into a basin and begins to wash His disciples’ feet. At this, Peter does not know where to put himself and says, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

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

“No, you shall never wash my feet.”

To Peter who keeps resisting Jesus says, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

After Jesus Himself washes the feet of disciples, He returns to His place and says,

“Now that I have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

Generally, a lowly person washes the feet of a person of high position. So Peter couldn’t understand the will of Jesus Christ who set the example of serving others as a lowly person. However, as soon as Jesus said, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me,” he stopped resisting and obeyed Him.

While living the life of faith, we may find our thought is different from God’s teaching. Then, we ought to obey the teaching of God, putting aside our own thoughts and stubbornness just as Peter did. Even though we cannot understand it fully at present, we will realize later that it is definitely the way of blessing.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”Isa 55:8–9