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If I Do Not Wash You

March 28, 2017

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If I Do Not Wash You

A mother  might ask her children,  who are learning  to bathe themselves,  “Did you wash  behind your ears?”     If they didn’t,  their job  is not done.

It goes far beyond that  with Jesus.     In John 13  is an account  of Jesus’  last hours  with His disciples  before His suffering  and death.     At His last Passover Supper  with them,  Jesus took a basin  of water  and began washing  His disciples’ feet.     John 13: 6-10  records,

So He came   to Simon Peter.      He [Peter]  said to Him,  “Lord, do You wash my feet?”      Jesus answered  and said to him,  “What I do  you do not realize now,  but you will understand  hereafter.”      Peter said to Him,  “Never shall You wash  my feet!”      Jesus answered him,  “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”      Simon Peter said  to Him, “Lord,  then wash  not only my feet,  but also my hands  and my head.”      Jesus said to him,  “He who has bathed  needs only  to wash his feet,  but is completely clean.”

In this humble act  of Jesus,  our Savior  and Lord,  washing the feet  of His disciples,  Jesus demonstrated  that every single one of us  is to humbly  serve one another.     This does not mean  that we must physically  wash another’s feet  because these days  we have shoes  that protect  our feet  from the dust  of the streets.

But,  we are  to serve one another  in an honest love.     That honest,  Godly love  will depend  on our circumstances.     All around us,  every day,  are opportunities  to be patient,  kind,  thoughtful,  helpful,  and loving.     Everybody’s opportunities  are different.

Jesus’ humble service  went much deeper.     If we do not  allow Jesus  to “wash” away all  of our sins  through a humble faith,  we have  “no part”  with Jesus.     We must admit  our sins  and ask Jesus  to cleanse us.     That means putting away our self-righteous pride  —  and knowing  that we are headed  for hell,  if we don’t accept  the cleansing blood  of Jesus  to wash away  all of our sins.

In awesome love  and respect,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD Jesus,  cleanse me.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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