“When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.” Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!” Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.”
Remember, at this point in the story, Jesus is washing His disciple’s feet (a menial and even degrading service usually performed by a household slave).
So Jesus gets to Simon Peter and he asks, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Later continuing by stating, “No, You will never ever wash my feet!”
Now Peter’s heart wasn’t bad here–he wasn’t trying to stop the plan or will of God! (Jesus’ statement to Peter confirms this: “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”) Peter was seeking to HONOR JESUS, knowing Who He REALLY IS, but simply didn’t understand what Jesus was doing. What Peter didn’t see was God’s bigger plan! He KNEW Jesus as the Messiah! He KNEW Jesus was God, the King of the Universe! Why was He acting as a SLAVE??? “No Jesus, I am YOUR SLAVE–You’ll NEVER wash my feet!”
Jesus’ answer to Peter was simple, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”
So how are we made clean? Jesus, later that evening tells His discples that, “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.”
(John 15:3) Eph. 5:26 tells us that Jesus makes us holy, cleansing us “by the washing with water through the word”.
Gods word, the Bible should be a important part of our day because reading it is like taking a spiritual shower. Rom. 12:2 says that we should be “transformed by the renewing of our minds. . .” God not only wants to clean us up, He wants to make us brand new
(2 Cor. 5:17)!
Think about it!