The Word Washes Away All Our Sins
Thursday, April 13th, 2017
“7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” 8 Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” John 13:7-8
The passage above contains a deep meaning and we ought to contemplate why Jesus washed Peter’s feet. Jesus knew that Peter would deny Him three times in the future and commit sin against the Lord. Therefore, Jesus was washing Peter’s feet to free him from all the guilt of sins that he would commit in the future. The washing of Peter’s feet teaches us that Jesus had taken all our sins committed in the past, present and future through His baptism by John the Baptist at the Jordan River.
- The Perfect ‘Salvation’ John 13:7
The Lord knows that true believers in the Righteousness of God would find it difficult to maintain a relationship with Him after he ascends to Heaven if even the slightest sin remains in them. The Lord knows that we would continue to sin even after being saved by grace through faith. To believe in the Word of promise is spiritual circumcision. The Word washed away all our sins once and for all when John the Baptist passed the sins of the world on to Jesus Who subsequently died for all sinful men. Those who have faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness understand this verse of what the Lord has done for us through His baptism and death to reign as kings.
Jesus said in John 13:7 “what I am doing you do not understand now but you will know after this” Peter and the disciples were able to understand the profound will and intention of God only after Jesus’ resurrection. Spiritually, the Lord is saying through the washing of the feet, ‘Do not be deceived by the devil, I have taken all your sins upon myself at the Jordan River by the baptism I received from John.’ Today, only the born again who have received salvation from sins perfectly and sealed with the HolySpirit can understand this righteous act of Jesus before His crucifixion. As such, only believers who have the righteousness of faith that constitutes Jesus’ baptism and death can become the true preachers of God’s Gospel.
- Perfect ‘Serving’ John 13:8
Jesus said, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with me” The disciples of Jesus were weak in their flesh. The Lord knew the weakness of human beings. Jesus knew that Peter, His closest disciple would deny Him three times in the Court of Pilate. This means that even in weakness, Peter can still serve the Lord and have a part with Jesus if he can only believe that the Lord had taken away all the sins of man by receiving His baptism.
A believer can serve when he believes in the importance of the baptism of Jesus and have a part with the Lord. In other words, Jesus wants us to know that He knew when He chose us to serve Him that we will continue to sin in our flesh. Our qualification to serve is simply rested on what the Lord has done for us through His baptism, death and resurrection. Now, we are able to serve God and man with a perfect conscience. Of course, this does not mean it is okay for us to commit sin intentionally all the time due to the weakness of the flesh.
There are two meanings in Jesus ‘washing the feet of the disciples.’ They are none other than ‘salvation’ and ‘serving’.
These two things should exist in the Church of God and it is evident in NCCkl. We receive salvation by hearing and believing in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness through God’s Church and the servants of God. In fact, Jesus is serving us through His servants who have received His perfect salvation. Though it may seem like we are serving God’s Church, we are actually being served by the Lord. The Lord always loves us first and also serves us first.
Dear friends, let us serve others just as Jesus is serving us. This is the work of preaching the Gospel and the true life of faith. Our Lord washed the feet of the disciples in order to teach us this very Truth of salvation and serving.
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