John 13:1-38, Mark 9:35, Romans 3:21-26, Psalm 31:9-10
In biblical times when you came into someone’s house, you would need to wash your feet. This task was typically performed by a servant who would stand at the door, washing the feet of his master’s guests as a gesture of hospitality.
Why is that information relevant? Because in John 13, Jesus does something radical. The Son of God in the flesh takes off His outer garments and kneels at the feet of His disciples so that He can wash their feet.
Jesus was showing the disciples that He is the servant of all. No matter the dirt and possible excrement on the feet of His disciples, Jesus washed them. Likewise, there is no sin so dirty in us that God cannot wash it away.
If Jesus is more than willing to stoop low to cleanse us, why do so many of us reject His humility and service on our behalf? John 13:8 gives us the answer to that question: “Peter said to Him, ‘You shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered him, ‘If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.’” Peter could not imagine Jesus stooping so low.
Like Peter, we struggle to believe that we need Jesus to cleanse us. We think our cleansing is not the responsibility of the Son of God. Many of us accept the lie that our sin is too great for God to tolerate, so the cleansing of that sin becomes our responsibility. But that is not the gospel.
The good news of the gospel is that the nail-pierced hands of Jesus cleanse any and all sin away. This washing happens as a gift of grace to all who need to be made clean. In order for us to enter God the Father’s house after this long journey we call life, Jesus, the servant of all, comes to earth to wash the feet of His Father’s guests so that we might dine at His table.
It’s an open invitation. Are you coming?
Written By Jevon Washington