The washing was absolutely necessary.
But they didn’t understand the meaning which embodied His actions-
His laying aside of the garments He wore,
the girding up of the linen cloth,
the pouring forth of water into the earthen vessel,
His stooping low to greet the feet that had followed Him for years,
and the beauty of His hands gently washing away the dirt and grime and filth that made their bodies home.
Their minds didn’t grasp this display of His love.
“You shall never wash my feet!” Peter gasped in horror at the sight of his Master bent before him.
“If I don’t wash you, you can’t be part of what I am doing,” Jesus said.
They had to be washed in order to be truly one with Him.
The dirt and the grime and the filth -on their feet and in their hearts- it all had to go.
And so it is with you and with me; we must be washed.
It’s absolutely necessary.
And as He did with the twelve, He has done for us.
He laid aside His heavenly attire and descended from His Kingdom on high.
He girded Himself up with the flesh of a man and poured forth His magnificent grace from the cross of Calvary.
The dirt and the grime and the filth in our hearts, it had to go.
The emptying out of Living Water was the only way we could ever experience ultimate cleansing.
It baffles me.
His act of love.
His selfless sacrifice.
His desire to clean me up for the Father.
But, I don’t resist it. I cannot.
“Clean all of me, Lord. Not just my feet, but also my hands and my head and my heart as well.”
It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn,
dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands,
going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back.
But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, He saved us from all that.
It was all His doing; we had nothing to do with it.
He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people,
washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit.
Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously.
God’s gift has restored our relationship with Him and given us back our lives.
And there’s more life to come—an eternity of life! You can count on this.
Titus 3:3, the Msg. (emphasis added)