A Maundy Thursday Meditation from John 13

The disciples did not understand what Jesus was doing. They were in shock and disbelief. This was not the sort of love they were looking for; love that would expose their dirty feet. They couldn’t bear to have their holy master touch their filthy feet. Peter spoke what the others were probably thinking, “Lord, do you wash my feet?”

Jesus answered: “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter did not like this answer. We can sense the tension in his voice as he replied, “You shall never wash my feet.” You might say he was putting his foot down. Jesus answered him with equal force, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” There was only one way to have Jesus, to let Him stoop low to wash his feet.

No one can have any part of Jesus without letting Him stoop low to wash them. You cannot have Jesus as your Lord and Savior unless you are willing to show Him your dirt. If you want to be clean, you have to admit that you are dirty. You have to admit that you are so dirty that you can not clean yourself; so dirty that the only way you will be clean is if God Himself comes down from heaven to wash you. We are so deeply dependant upon Jesus, that unless we let Him humiliate Himself to clean us we can have nothing to do with Him.

God entered the filth in our lives and became our filth so we wouldn’t have to live in it. God became sin for us so we would not have to live in our sin. God became our shame so we would not have to live in our shame. God became death for us so we could live forever. No one is too dirty for Jesus, although there are some who consider themselves too clean for Jesus. We don’t need to hide our dirt from God. He is willing to live in it.

Are there things about you that you fear no one could love? Are there secrets that you keep even from the people who are closest to you? Is there pain in your life that you fear no love could ever heal? Look to Jesus. He is more highly exalted than anyone or anything in the universe, but He came to make you as clean now as you will ever be in heaven.


About David Lee

I am the pastor of New Life Mission Church of Fremont meeting in Newark, CA. I live in Fremont with my wife and three children. In my former life I was a history teacher at Irvington High School in Fremont. I love watching and discussing movies (but not at the same time), playing board games, hiking, visiting local cafes, and watching and complaining about (at the same time) Bay Area sports.
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