I looked out the window and groaned. My sixty-six pound puppy, Max, had found the hose Larry had left running on his tomatoes. He was up to his elbows in mud. As much as I love Max, he would not be back inside until I washed off his feet and legs.
This reminded me of when Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. Remember the scene:
“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!’
Jesus answered, ‘Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean.’” (John 13:6-10, NIV).
Did you catch Jesus’ answer when Peter wanted to be washed all over, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean.” There is only one way to deal with the real guilt all people have before a holy God. We must come to the cross and be cleansed with the blood of Jesus—once for all time (Hbr 10:10, 1Pe 3:18). This is the “bath” that cleans the whole soul, and when God permanently seals us into the righteousness of Christ. [click to continue…]