If we carry out the essence of footwashing, can we forego the formality?
The sacrament of footwashing was established by Jesus who instructed His disciples to follow His example. Therefore, we should do it as commanded by the Lord. The sacrament can give us a more profound understanding of its essence.
Footwashing is directly related to salvation for the following reasons:
1. To receive footwashing is to have part with the Lord. Jesus told Peter, “”If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me”” (Jn 13:8).
Footwashing is not a symbolic ritual. It is a command from the Lord that you obey in order to have a part in His life.
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 baptised needs also to receive footwashing.
In Greco-Roman times, it was customary to wash one’s feet after bathing, for even after a person had bathed (e.g. at a public bath), the feet would get dirty from the dust stirred up during the walk home. Footwashing was necessary to be completely clean. While baptism washes away our sins, footwashing prepares our feet to walk in righteousness and purity to reach our heavenly home.
Footwashing, formerly a custom, became a sacrament that carried spiritual effect after the Lord Jesus had performed it and explained its meaning and efficacy, and had commanded His disciples to do likewise.
After learning how footwashing is directly related to our salvation, have you received the sacrament of footwashing that enables us to have a part in Jesus?
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