Wash My Hands and Face Too!

Hi, God’s word for me today is in John 13:9-10 which says,

“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” 10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”

In this passage Jesus knew that the hour had come for Him to leave this world and so Him and His disciples were eating a meal. Jesus then got up and took off His outer clothing, then Jesus tied a towel to Himself and took a bowl of water. Jesus then went to the disciples and started washing their feet. But Peter thought that Jesus couldn’t wash his (Peter’s) feet so He said that Jesus would never wash his (Peter’s) feet. Then Jesus said that if He didn’t wash Peter’s feet then Peter had no part in Him. Peter then asked for Jesus to wash his hands and face too. Jesus said that someone who took a bath only needed to wash their feet, the reason was because when people were walking their feet would get dirty. It was common for one of the servants to wash the feet of his master’s guest, but here Jesus Himself is acting as a servant and washing His disciples feet.

Jesus did not only wash His disciples but He washed us too! What of? Our sins! We were sinners that were going to die in our sins if a perfect savior that was willing to die for us was found. But Jesus who is God (Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit are three in one), came down from heaven and died for our sins. Jesus took our sins and God’s wrath on Him and He died for us on the cross! Jesus washed us clean by dying for our sins. Jesus also continues to wash the sins that we do (not habitual sins but the stumbles that we have) off of our feet.

We should trust in Jesus’ sacrifice. If we tried to work our way into heaven then it wouldn’t help. The Bible says that our good works are a filthy rags. When it says that it means that if we tried to work our way into heaven then it wouldn’t help, our works would be as filthy rags. But if we do good works for others then they are not filthy rags. But we should trust in Jesus, we should believe in Him as our saving sacrifice. Jesus saved us fully, He washed us clean of all of our sins. We should trust in Him, if you are not saved then why don’t you accept Jesus as your savior? Dear Jesus, please wash me clean with Your sacrifice, please forgive me of all the sins that I have done. In Jesus name, amen. Jesus washed us clean,

11 And that is what some of you were. 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.” (NIV 1 Corinthians 6:11)

We were washed by Jesus’ blood at the cross.

We should also do as Jesus said, we should wash each others feet. Not physically but spiritually, we can remind each other of the Gospel. if one of our brothers or sisters sins and comes to us for help then we can remind them of the Gospel. The Gospel saves us and we should give it out to believers and unbelievers. We should encourage each other in the Gospel and we should give the Gospel to unbelievers so that they too can trust in Jesus. We should share the Gospel that Jesus died to wash us clean of our sins with unbelievers so that they can be saved from their sins.

Thank You Jesus for dying for our sins on the cross. Thank You Jesus for washing us clean of all the sins we have done. Thank You Jesus for constantly washing us of the sins that we might stumble in. Thank You Jesus for rising again on the third day and then ascending into heaven to prepare a place for us and to mediate on our behalf. Thank You Jesus for washing us clean at the cross.

Are you trusting in Jesus?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.


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