“Jesus Washes Clean”

February 2, 2020

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Summary

The Apostle John tells us that in the Upper Room on the night of the Last Supper, Jesus began washing the feet of His disciples. Washing the feet of one’s guests was the task of a lowly servant and yet Jesus assumed that role. All twelve disciples were present, including Judas who would betray Jesus shortly. We can only imagine how worthless 30 pieces of silver felt as the incarnate Son of God stooped down and began washing his feet. Peter, who would deny Jesus three times that same evening, resisted Jesus’ washing at first. Then Jesus said to Peter, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with Me.” (John 13:8) Then Peter suggested a whole bath. The same is true for us–if Jesus does not wash us, we have no share with Him. While Jesus’ foot washing removed the dirt off of their feet, His sacrifice the next day on the cross would wash away their sins, and our sins, and make us right with God. The old hymn declares it well: “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

Bible References

  • John 13:1 - 20
  • John 13:34 - 35

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