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"Unless I Wash You"

Washing the Disciples Feet, painting of Jesus washing feet, Bible Art, Mindi Oaten Art, Unless I Wash You painting

"After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He 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 shall never wash my feet.”  Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” John 13: 5-8


In the quiet intimacy of an upper room, an act of deep humility unfolded, forever marking the annals of history. Jesus, the promised King of kings, Creator of the universe, wrapped himself in the cloak of human flesh and performed a task reserved for the lowest of servants. He knelt to wash the feet of His disciples, an act so profound that it echoes through the ages as an everlasting testament to His selfless love and humility.

The act of washing feet, laden with the dust and grime of ancient roads, was customarily done by servants. But that evening, Jesus, the one whom the heavens cannot contain, poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, drying them with the towel wrapped around Him (John 13:4-5). It was a vivid, symbolic representation of His mission on earth: to cleanse humanity from the filth of sin.




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