|Bishop and Henry|
I think most of us who know Jesus would be like Peter. Refusing to let the LORD wash our feet. Feeling guilty that we didn't think to wash His feet first. But the LORD meant no condemnation in washing the feet of the disciples. He was still teaching them, loving them, being an example of how they were to live and die. After Jesus explained to Peter that you have to be washed by Him to be part of Him, Peter offered his whole body for a washing.
Reminds me of the song, "Wash Me Over Again". Jesus is so amazing. Knowing His time had come, He took His last moments to teach us how to be a servant, how to love, how to live. When others would have demanded to be served, Jesus served others. We would have understood it if Jesus would have wanted to be pampered at this time, He was facing the most difficult of circumstances. He knew He was going to be beaten beyond humanity, He knew these were His last days on earth. In our minds, a little pampering was called for. But in His mind, He still had work to do. This washing of the feet was leading to the washing of the blood.
Oh, LORD, wash me over again, wash me over again. In your precious blood, wash me over again.
He told Peter in John 13:8, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.” I feel like Peter, not just my feet but my hands and my head. It's the same today, unless He washes us, we don't belong to Him. Now instead of using the water in the basin, we come to Him and His blood cleanses us.
Let me encourage you today to find a place to go this evening to partake of the Holy Eucharist. CTK will have a foot washing, where the Bishop, Elders and Deacons will wash the feet of a church member. We will all partake of the Holy Eucharist, entering into Holy Communion with Jesus.