Washed Clean

Scripture: John 13:8b, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.’

 

Observations: John tells us that on the night before Jesus was crucified he celebrated the Passover with his disciples. And knowing that he was about to return to the Father he made the decision to wash his disciples feet. He gets to Peter who says, ‘You shall never wash my feet, (v8a)’ but Jesus responds, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.’ Jesus was washing his disciples’ feet to make a point, that he had come to die for their sins that his blood may wash them clean in the sight of God. It really didn’t matter how clean Peter’s feet were, what did matter was that ‘later (after his death and resurrection) Peter would understand (v7)’ what Jesus had done and what it symbolized. Jesus wanted Peter to understand that while his feet might not matter the state of his soul did, and that Peter needed to be washed by Jesus in order to be saved. We can only become one with Christ if our sins have been dealt with once for all by his death on the cross.

 

Application: Firstly, have your sins been washed away by the blood of Jesus shed on the cross? If you believe that Jesus is God in the flesh, and that he died on the cross in your place then you have been made clean. As Paul puts it ‘there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Rom 8:1)’ Secondly, if you have been washed by Jesus you now belong to him, you are part of his body the church. You never need to doubt who you are – you are a child of God. And you never need to doubt how God sees you – as washed clean in his Son, Jesus. Don’t let the devil tell you differently. Today live as God’s child, as one cleansed by Jesus.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You so much that You sent Your Son Jesus to die for my sins that I might be washed clean. Lord, I thank You that in Christ I belong to You, that You have adopted me as Your child, and that I never have to doubt Your love. Lord, help me to live as Your child. Help me to say no to ungodliness. Help me to resist temptation. Help me to bring glory to Your name. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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