Imagine going to your Passover service where there is a foot washing – and imagine with me for a second that you’ve all been paired up with the person you’ll be washing feet with. And … imagine now… to your surprise, you’ve been paired up with the infamous Judas Iscariot, who sold and betrayed the son of God. You have to wash his feet.
How are you feeling right now? Will you lovingly and humbly wash Judas’ feet? If not, why not?
At his last Passover until the kingdom of God, Yeshua (Jesus) washed even Judas’ feet. I’ve actually heard ministers deny this. But why? It’s so clear in Scripture that He did! And what does that mean to us today? It’s definitely worth thinking about and learning from.
We get so focused on who’s “in” or who’s “out” of our particular fellowship and who we think has no business in there, that we forget this point. Judas was the Greek form of his name. His Hebrew name was Yehudah or we would say Judah in English. Judas represented how the Word came to His own tribe, Judah – “He came to His own, and His own did not receive him” (John 1:11). They couldn’t have, because they didn’t recognize him or know who He was. Several scriptures make that clear, so don’t be too hard on the Jews for rejecting him. You might be interested in my sermon (May 16, 2015) about why Jews find it so hard to accept Yeshua as the promised Messiah. There are reasons – and it will help you be more understanding of them.
Anyway, did you realize the Son of God washed his betrayer’s feet? Let’s pick it up in the only gospel account that details the foot washing – John 13. Surely the Son of God would have “picked up” the spirit of Satan working in Judas before the foot washing and afterwards.
“And supper being ended, the devil having 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 to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself”
– And then the details are given about the foot washing ordinance.
Right after washing all twelve disciples’ feet, the next thing Yeshua had on his mind was the presence of His betrayer (verses 18-19, 21-22). He even quotes directly from Psalm 41:9 – stating that He was fulfilling the topic of Psalm 41.
“Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted,
Who ate my bread,
Has lifted up his heel against me.”
Of course we know Yeshua handed a piece of Passover bread to Judas to identify him as the betrayer to a select few of the apostles. Peter had asked John to ask Christ who would betray him.
Note something else too: the other disciples used the term “Lord” when asking Yeshua if they were going to be the betrayer (Matthew 26:22). “Lord, is it I?” But when Judas asked, he went with the lesser term “rabbi” (Teacher)—verse 25: “Then Judas, who was betraying him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?” He said to him, “You have said it.”
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