October 10, 2019
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well.”
When Jesus and His disciples met to celebrate the Passover, the servant in charge of feet washing did not show up. In a day when sandaled feet became dirty on the dusty roads and people reclined around a table to eat, this task was essential. As we saw in yesterday’s devotion, Jesus took on the lowly duty and washed the disciples’ feet.
One can only imagine the emotion of the disciples as Jesus made His way to each one, dipped the towel in a basin of water, and washed their feet. When Jesus came to Peter, this bold disciple wanted none of it. “No,” Peter said, “you shall never wash my feet.” Peter relented when Jesus explained, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
The same applies to us. Certainly it is humbling to allow Jesus to wash our sinful hearts. Pride often gets in the way of letting Jesus do for us what we can’t do for ourselves. However, unless we allow Jesus to cleanse us by His work on the cross we have no relationship with Him. Will you humble yourself and allow Jesus to cleanse you today?
Lord Jesus, I know that I cannot make myself clean. My heart is dirty and diseased by sin. My sin separates me from You, so right now I humble myself before You. Please wash my heart and make it clean. Turn my heart toward You. Allow me to follow You. I desire to have a relationship with You. In Your name. Amen.
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