Are you washed?
Growing up you may have heard your parents tell you to wash your hands before you eat. The reason is because when we eat with dirty hands we’re actually increasing our chances of getting sick and its not proper manners. Please read John 13:1-20. In this passage we read that during this Passover meal Jesus literally washes the disciple’s feet and teaches a spiritual lesson at the same time. Paul would later right to the Philippian believers that Jesus humbled himself taking the form of a servant. Jesus performed the lowest task that any slave would ever have to perform-washing others feet. Jesus would humble himself all the way by dying on a cross for the sins of the world when he had committed no sin. As Jesus makes his way around to Peter, he responds with “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Peter knew that he should be washing Jesus’ feet not Jesus washing his feet. As you reread verses six through eight again pay close attention to Jesus response. Jesus answered Peter with, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Peter gets it, he isn’t going to be satisfied with just having his feet washed by Jesus he wants him to wash him completely. Jesus told him that he was clean and only needed to have his feet washed. Here is where I want us to ask ourselves a question on this good Friday. Has Jesus washed me? So often we are like Judas. We go through the motions but we do not or have not placed our faith in the only One who can save us completely from our sins. Paul so rightly writes to the Corinthians this: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11) The only reason why Jesus can wash us is because he is the sinless Son of God. Jesus, God the Son lived a perfect life and then died on the cross as a substitute in our place so that we could have his righteousness. As you read this today remember that while Jesus Christ was on the cross God the Father made him who knew no sin to become sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21) We sing this truth, “till on that cross as Jesus died the wrath of God was satisfied; for on him every sin was laid; here in the death of Christ I live. When a person comes to faith in Christ Jesus, that person is washed in the blood of Jesus and is forgiven of their sin debt in full. The blood of Jesus Christ has never lost its power. He still washes people from their sins today. Come to Jesus today and be washed in his blood and be cleansed from your sins!