Posted by: The Simple Guy | December 6, 2014

Taking off, putting on

I have been looking at John 13 lately and the story on Jesus washing the disciples’ feet.

Since we just finished Colossians in our fellowship, the themes of putting to death, taking off, and putting on were in the back of my mind.

So in Colossians we are to put to death these things:
Colossians 3:5 (KJV) 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
We are to put off these things:
Colossians 3:8 (KJV) 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Colossians 3:9 (KJV) 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
And we are to put on:
Colossians 3:12 (KJV) 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Colossians 3:13 (KJV) 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.

In John 13, Jesus is on the way to the cross, within 24 hours, he was in the tomb. (Put to death)

John 13:1 (ESV) 1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him,
3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God,
4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.
5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

Jesus took off his clean teacher clothes (represented righteousness). He put on a towel and then wiped their feet on the towel. The streets of Jerusalem had beasts of burden as well as animals for sacrifices in them. There must have been lots of manure in the streets. It has been said that so many animals were sacrificed during the Passover that the streets ran with blood.
This disgusting cocktail is what was on their feet, and was wiped off onto the towel. This was wiped on the towel he WORE not just carried.

He literally took off his righteousness and put on our filth and was put to death for our forgiveness.

In this story I believe Jesus is addressing forgiveness against the backdrop of the “who is the greatest” debate. Interesting reading that side by side with Colossians chapter 3.

Colossians 3:10 (ESV) 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its
11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

I don’t have a lot of details yet, still just observing. But the parallels are striking.

What do you see?

The simple guy.


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