John 13:10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean…
New Years Morning I awoke. Laying in my bed I wondered why the new year felt new. All the hype perhaps. All the ‘Happy New Year’ texts with fireworks? I pondered, if I was in some deserted place, and didn’t keep track of days, it would have felt like just a regular new day. However, the calendar says it’s a new year. The explosive sky over our city at midnight confirmed it. So officially it was.
So also, the truth is; God says we’re a new creation in Christ Jesus. It’s an official heavenly decree. Those who have accepted the free gift of salvation and forgiveness of sins are NEW in Christ Jesus.
2 Corin 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (ESV)
How often do I feel ’new’ in Christ? Do I forget I am no longer a citizen of this world? I am now a citizens of heaven with temporary residence in this fallen world. I am a child of God. We are brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.
Life is messy, and day to day we get soiled.
This reminds me of when Jesus washed the feet of the disciples in John chapter 13.[At first Simon Peter didn’t want the King washing his feet. Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” Jesus was referring to being washed with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Becoming a new creation. But Peter didn’t seem to get it at the time. Peter responded enthusiastically, “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. And you are clean…” Today’s verse describes how Peter would be clean by the finished work of Jesus on the cross, and the words Jesus spoke to him. That’s where faith comes from.
Though our whole body is clean, we often need Jesus to ’spot clean’ us.
I read in my commentary Bible that even though we may feel dirty when we go through temptation, it’s not temptation that soils us. Temptation itself is not sin. Temptation is just an opportunity to walk in obedient submission to the Lord. An opportunity to rely on God’s word instead of our own ideas. ( Life Application Study Bible, NLT commentary on Matt 4:1)
When we mess up, or even blatantly defy the Lord, God’s word assures us we have a high priest who is able to sympathize with us in our weakness. Jesus never sinned, yet He was tempted/tested in every way, and stood firm in righteousness. (Hebrews 4:15) And in this way, He was the only sacrifice good enough to make our wrongs right.
I take comfort, counting on God’s promise to cleanse us from all unrighteousness as we confess our sins to Him. (1 John 1:9) Like Peter, we are clean by the blood of Christ, so let’s humble ourselves and allow our Savior to wash our feet.
Likewise, continuing in John chapter 13, Jesus asks us to do the same to our other brothers and sisters in Christ. Back in the 1st century, they wore sandals, and walked in the dust and manure from the carts pulled by animals. It was an undignified job to wash someone else feet. Jesus was humble and gentle. He always spoke and acted concerning the Kingdom of Heaven. So we too are to minister to others, pointing them to Salvation in Jesus.
Christ, Our Savior, thank-You for washing us so completely by Your precious sinless blood spilled. You kneel before us to wash our feet. Let us be meek and lowly in heart like You, allowing You to spot clean our most recent messes. Enable us also to point others to You by our words and actions. ~Amen.