John 13.6-9 cont.
6 Then He comes to Simon Peter. He says to Him: “Lord do You wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied and said to him: “At this moment you do not understand what I am doing, but after these things you will know.”
8 Peter said to Him: “You should never wash my feet.” Jesus replied: “If I should not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
9 Simon Peter said to Him: “Lord not only my feet, but also my hands and head.”
Children often do not know why their parents do or say certain things, because their understanding is limited. It takes many years for our understanding of things to develop, and we all know that throughout our whole life we only have a limited understanding of anything.
When I began to learn to drive I did not understand what the foot pedals were for, therefore, the instructor had to tell me so that I could appreciate the function of each pedal.
Jesus told Peter that He did not understand what He was doing for them at that time. He told Him that He did not appreciate what He was doing. However, He also told him that he would come to know what He was doing.
There was a time when the prophet Daniel had a visit from the archangel Michael and two others. They delivered a message to him concerning the end times, which Daniel didn’t understand. This is what we read: I heard what he said, but I did not understand what he meant. So I asked, “How will all this finally end, my lord?” – Daniel 12.8 (NLT).
In his lack of understanding Daniel did the right thing. He asked for the meaning of the message he had been given.
We should be grateful for what Peter said, and the response that He drew from Jesus. It was in response to Peter that Jesus taught a great lesson to all future generations.
The response of Jesus to Peter was a gentle and loving rebuke to him. Yet it did not silence Peter, nor did Peter listen to what Jesus was saying, because he went on to exclaim that Jesus should never wash his feet.
Even though Jesus had told Peter that he didn’t appreciate the significance of what He was doing, he still insisted on not allowing Jesus to wash His feet.
It is vital that we listen to Jesus to gain understanding.
God’s word tells us: If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking – James 1.5 (NLT).
We also read in God’s word: For the LORD grants wisdom! From His mouth come knowledge and understanding – Proverbs 2.6 (NLT).
In our lack of understanding we do know Someone who knows – our Heavenly Father.