“And, this washing signifies his willingness to wash away their sin.”
I can’t believe I never realized it before, but yes, of course; the washing of their feet was a foreshadowing of what He would do with His blood, later.
And thus, misusing this Scripture to promote a view of ‘servant leadership’ where a husband does whatever his wife wants, not only misses the point in terms of taking something Christ is only depicted once as doing, but also in terms of the fact that Christ did it for a specific reason that made it unique, in terms of the foreshadowing His washing away their sins – something else He only had to do once.
Goodwin begins his analysis with John 13:1:
Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
Goodwin argues that in what follows, John writes to “set open a window into Christ’s heart and give a light into, and put a gloss and interpretation upon all that follows. The scope where is to show what his affections would be to them in heaven”.
Jesus knows that the cross is coming; that “the Father had given all things into his hands” (John 14:3). What then does Christ think of; what does he do? He washes his disciples feet: Rather than thinking of what he would gain for himself, “he takes more for his own, who were to remain here in…
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