Question: Is Footwashing merely a Jewish custom?

Is Footwashing merely a
Jewish custom?

Is Footwashing merely a Jewish custom and nothing to do with a person’s salvation? It is not true that Footwashing is merely a Jewish custom and that the Lord Jesus washed the feet of his disciples only to set an example of humility and serving others.

The footwashing that the Lord Jesus instituted is beyond being merely a custom. According to tradition, slaves washed the feet of the master, never the reverse. The Lord, however, washed the feet of his disciples even though he was their master. Peter, not realizing the significance of this footwashing, refused to be washed by the Lord (Jn 13:6,8).

Footwashing is directly related to salvation for the following reasons:

(1) Jesus told Peter, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me” (Jn 13:8). To receive footwashing is to have part with the Lord. As such footwashing cannot be simply a custom.

(2) Jesus also said, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean” (Jn 13:10). A person who is baptized needs also to receive footwashing.

Though formerly a custom, footwashing becomes a sacrament that carried great spiritual power and effect after the Lord Jesus had performed it and explained its meaning and efficacy and had commanded his disciples to do likewise.

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2 thoughts on “Question: Is Footwashing merely a Jewish custom?”

    1. Hi, yes our church does conduct Footwashing and this should be performed after water baptism. The sacrament of Footwashing was personally instituted by Jesus, and He instructed us to follow His example. Do take this chance to read the article on Sacrament of Footwashing (http://www.truejesuschurch.sg/foot-washing/footwashing-sacrament/) or feel free to write to us if you would like to know more about Footwashing. May His Spirit lead us to all truth and understanding!

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