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of our Fellow-Creatures 32 The Example of Christ in
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On the 22nd of May, 1836,
BY THE REV. C. BENSON, M.A.,
MASTER OF THE TEMPLE.
JOHN xiii. 12-15. 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? Ye call me Master and Lord : and ye say well ; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye ought also to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an
example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Among the various incidents which are recorded by the Evangelists, as having occurred during the night which immediately preceded the crucifixion of our Lord, there is not one which is introduced with more solemnity than the washing of the apostles' feet. “ Now before the feast of the Passover,” says St. John,
6 when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And supper being ended (the devil having now put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him), Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God and went to God; he riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments, and took a towel and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded."
Such is the impressive manner in which the Evangelist brings before our consideration this simple action of our Saviour, and the minute particularity with which he describes the circumstances that accompanied it. Nor is this all. We may remark, as equally singular, the importance which our Lord himself appears to have attached to the transaction, and the mysterious remonstrance which he addressed to Peter,