Apostle Paul said that the Law is a shadow of things to come and the body is of Christ so whatever you see, that is, all the law that you see in the Old Testament, was a shadow speaking of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Colossians chapter 2 reading from verse 16 to verse 17
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
It was speaking of the new Covenant and speaking of Christ and His church. So, under the new covenant we have three ordinances that the church must observe:
- WATER BAPTISM.
- FEET WASHING.
We are going to look this time at Ordinance of the Feet Washing.
What is an ordinance? An ordinance is a physical action like a demonstration that conveys what you believe. It is the spiritual made known by the physical, that is, it is a physical action that is carried out and is telling you about something spiritual.
FEET WASHING is the fellowship of the saints. In feet washing we are now coming to demonstrate further by saying the blood of Jesus Christ has brought you and me together and this is how we shall relate with one another that is the feet washing.
Feet Washing and Communion were also demonstrated by Christ just as Christ demonstrated the need for water baptism by being baptized also.
Let’s read John chapter 13 from verse 2
2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put 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 was come from God, and went to God;
4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? (Now Peter said this because he felt he was not worth for Christ his master to wash his feet).
7 Jesus answered and said unto him, what I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, if I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
So why was he washing their feet? He was washing their feet to demonstrate that you and I will have a part in him joint together. You are my sister! You are my brother! Halleluyah! Now let’s go further and read from verse 12:
12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
FEET WASHING, therefore, is a commandment of the Lord and any church that does not do feet washing, does not understand what it is all about. And just as water baptism is being done wrongly by many churches, feet washing is also being done wrongly in some churches.
In some churches, the G.O (General Overseer of the church) is the one that will sit and a basin is brought to him as he then will take the place of Jesus and do it like Jesus did and he will wash other people’s feet but that is not what Jesus was pointing at. It is not the pastor that will wash the members’ feet, all of us will wash one another’s feet. I will wash your own. You will wash my own. Because this action signifies that we are joined together in love so I am supposed to demonstrate my love for you that I will watch over you and you will watch over me. I will pray for you. You will pray for me. I will stand for you. You will stand for me. That is what we are demonstrating in feet washing so the scenario in which that Bishop will get a seat and he sits at the altar and then people will be in queue waiting as he pours water on each person’s leg. That is not how Jesus said we should do it. We are to do it among ourselves.
Now someone might want to say “okay!” and ask: “Among the disciples who then was the person that was to do it in place of Jesus for the rest after Jesus Christ ascended?” If you read further in the Luke’s account you will find out that shortly after that something happened and no wonder they were asking him who is the greatest among us in the kingdom, may be they too began to ponder over this issue of who would be head and so it is like: okay! Who among us now will take your place when you are gone? And see the way Jesus answered them. Blessed be the name of the Lord! Jesus said that the greatest shall be the one that will serve. Amen! But this days, the greatest is the pastor and he is the one that is been served.
Let us look at Jesus Christ who for an example who is our standard in all things for perfection. He has come to show us the way, let us follow that way which he has shown us also in demonstration of Love towards one another.