“Never shall you wash my feet!”
This was too much for Peter. Too much to think that the Lord would want to wash his feet. This was the Christ, the Messiah. This was way too much for the proud and impulsive disciple to submit to such a humbling act of service. This was the very Son of God.
Peter knew he should be the one washing Jesus feet!
Yet, when Peter was told he could have no part in the life of Jesus without being washed by Him, Peter’s heart was changed. “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but my hands and my head.”
Peter thought he knew his own heart. He thought he was strong and brave enough to follow Jesus anywhere; even lay down his life for him. Yet the proud and self-righteous disciple fearfully denied Jesus three times that very night. Just as Jesus had warned.
How many times have I been unwilling to allow the Lord to wash me? How many times have I spoken rash hasty words I later regretted, or held back when I should have spoken up for Him? How many times have I failed to allow Jesus to cleanse the thoughts and intents of my heart? How many times have I failed to lovingly serve my brother or my sister? Way too many. Yet I am forever grateful the Lord does not turn his back on us when we feel unworthy and unlovely. Aren’t you? We only need to look to the cross and remember Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. The perfect Son of God died that we might live. Free from condemnation, guilt and shame. He no longer keeps a list of things against us. And neither should we.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed
our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12
Jesus took a towel and basin and met with me one day.
Will you let me wash your feet before you go your way?
Before you begin the work, I’ve called you to do
Before you yield your body, My power and love flow through.
Before you face another day, knowing not what it will bring,
Will you let me wash your feet and cause your heart to sing?
Will you cease from all self-effort, come to me and rest?
Learn my yoke is easy, My will for you is best.
Will you let me wash your feet before you start your day?
Will you listen for my voice, My will and my way
. . . . . .
Not only my feet Lord. My head, my hands, my heart!