Jesus And A Towel

In the Bible, we are given many Scriptures that talk about “girding” our loins.
2 Sam 25:13 “…Gird ye on every man his sword…”
Job 40:7  “Gird up thy loins now like a man…”
Is. 32:11 “…gird sackcloth upon your loins.”
1 Peter 1:13  “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end…”
 
However, there was one verse that stuck out to me more.
 
John 13:4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
 
Jesus girded Himself with a towel. With a towel? And for what?
 
John 13:5 “… and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.”
 
What does this towel represent? HUMILITY. What humility can be shown in just a towel? A simple every day household item, the Lord used to show the disciples how much He cared for them. 
 
King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s humbled Himself to become the Son of Man, a brother, a friend to the disciples.
 
“‘He loved them unto the uttermost.’ And I think in that statement, there is the most wonderful thing that ever came into this world. Jesus had had a lot of trouble with those men. They had often misunderstood Him. They had often disappointed Him. They were really a very poor lot of men. He knew their history during the past three years. But He also knew what was going to happen after this night. He said to Peter, “Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny Me thrice” (Matt. 26:33b-35; ASV). He knew that Peter would deny Him three times, saying, “I know not the Man.” He said about them all, ‘All of you will be offended because of Me this night. You will all run away and leave Me, and I shall be alone, yet I am not alone, because the Father will be with Me.’ He knew what a poor lot of men they were, but He loved them unto the uttermost.” – T. Austin Sparks

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