Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet by Jennifer Tolbert
Jesus had traveled all around Israel teaching and healing. His time here on Earth was nearing an end. It was almost time for his most important work to be done.
However, Jesus was still teaching his disciples. In this story, Jesus demonstrates humility and teaches his disciples an important lesson how to serve others.
1. The Son of God did come to be served, but to serve.
2. We should follow the example of Jesus and serve others.
3. God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. We need to be humble.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16
Books of the New Testament
Make Me a Servant
We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise
We Fall Down
This Little Light of Mine
Begin Class with Songs, Games, Table Activity, or Sharing Time
Open Class in Prayer
Introducing the Story Ideas
1. Washing Feet
Wash the feet of students. Use a bowl of warm water, a towel or cloth for washing and another for drying. Adding fragrance to the water or using lotion is also good. While you are washing their feet, speak words of encouragement to them and tell them what an honor it is to serve them. Verbally affirm your love for them. If appropriate, then offer students the opportunity to wash the feet of other class members. (from MissionBibleClass.org)
2. Clean vs. Dirty
Allow the kids to play with clay or with kinetic sand for a while. When you are ready to proceed with the lesson, call attention to their hands. SAY: We have been playing and working hard, and now our hands are dirty. Would you want to eat with those dirty hands? Let's wash our hands to prepare for our class. In today's story, Jesus and his disciples had been walking and working in sandals all day. It was time for supper and their feet were dirty! Let's see what Jesus did...
Story: Jesus came to Earth to rescue, or save, us. He had taught the people how to live through his example and his teachings. He told parables to help them understand. He performed miracles that no other person could have ever done. However, it was time for him to go to Jerusalem to fulfill his mission.
In Jesus's time and place, the people wore sandals or even went barefoot if they couldn't afford shoes. Can you image how dirty, sweaty and stinky their feet must have been. Yuck! It was a custom for a servant to wash your feet when you entered their home. However, this job was done by the servants of the house. Jesus used this as a way to teach the disciples another important lesson.
READ the story of Jesus Shows Humility or read John 13:3-16 in your class Bibles.
Connect the story back to God and his character. Explain how this story fits into God's overall story.
Jesus Washes Feet Craft
Supplies:Template (below) , Blue Paper Plate, Gift Tissue Paper, Scissors, Brad
Cut out the foot and hand (coloring them is optional). Glue a square of gift tissue under the fingers on the hand. Attach the hand at the wrist to the edge of the plate using a brad. Glue the foot in the middle of the plate. The hand should be able to rotate over the foot to represent washing. Optional: Write the memory verse or "I Will Serve Like Jesus" on the foot or the hand.
Jesus Washes Feet
Supplies: Laminated Printable, Expo markers, Erasers OR shaving cream (optional)
Laminate the printable (or put it in a page protector). All the children to make the feet dirty by drawing dirt and germs on the feet. Then, they can use the eraser to "wash" the feet and make them clean again. Use shaving cream as "soap" for extra fun.
To fill time (or for older kids) challenge them on what to draw. SAY: "Draw what might be on your feet if you walked barefoot...(in a swamp, the dump, the beach, on the moon, through a barn, etc.) Encourage them to draw their silliest ideas like aliens for the moon OR a crocodile for the swamp!