Posted by: Terry | July 15, 2011

We need cleaning

"Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" John 13.6

Jesus as Teacher and Lord, Creator, Sustainer, even King; but Jesus as a servant washing feet? On the eve of his crucifixion Jesus had an important lesson yet to teach his Disciples – they needed cleansing.

Dramatically Jesus took on the role of a servant, or devoted follower, as both would wash feet. One as a duty the other as a sign of affection. Peter, speaking for them all, is incredulous that Jesus would perform such a menial task. But Jesus had a lesson  for them of supreme importance, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."

We must embrace Jesus as Lord and Teacher, but also as savior from the grime of sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” is an expression of our need. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.”

Peter was to learn that as devoted as he was, until he was cleansed he could not be a true follower of Christ. Our walk with Christ cannot begin until we have confessed that we do not measure up, that we stand guilty before a righteous judge. Wonderfully he has promised to “wash, sanctify and justify.”

We stand before God forgiven, with no condemnation, the past washed, the future sure. Now in His presences it is our daily duty to live in alignment with the one who took on the role of servant to go to the cross and die. Today he promises daily cleansing for continued fellowship.

Peter learned that he needed forgiveness and cleansing in the hours that followed. As we mature in Christ we daily discover areas that need cleaning if we are to walk as we should in righteous living, and we have the promise“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NIV)



  1. Another goodie! Thanks, Terry! It’s the daily cleansing you refer to
    that Christ provides that is my safety in His grace.

  2. Your safety in his grace is once and for all and thankfully does not need to be repeated daily. it is the fellowship that daily cleansing gets us. He talks about a bath and foot washing, they are separate things. If we had to be completly cleaned we would have no security,

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