All Scripture references are from the NASB translation.
“Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 6 So He came to Simon Peter. He said* to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” 8 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.” 9 Simon Peter said* to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” 10 Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, “Not all of you are clean.” John 13:5-11 NASB.
This conversation is one of the most vivid caricatures depicting the heart and soul of most who may be Followers of Christ. Peter is the most tempestuous among the Twelve who publicly denies Christ and is later restored by Him. Iscariot is obviously the most deceitful within the disciples as he walked in the steps of Jesus and sold Him for 30 pieces of silver which he did not want. The spiritual father of Iscariot was no doubt, Satan whose only desire was to establish his hatred which would result in death for the One who tossed Him from the ranks of angels.
Lost people are made from the same stuff as that of Judas Iscariot which is filthy rags that are unfit to clothe any Saint. Peter recognized his need to be made clean when he came face to face with his Master. It may have been that Peter misunderstood is that his dirty feet must also be washed by Christ. Have your feet been washed? Has your heart been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb?
Lost people live lives of deception and death every day, but one day that will be an eternal-long decision if they choose not to follow Jesus Christ. They will have denied and betrayed Him one last time at which moment there will be no opportunity to turn from their sin. Jesus’ call for faith will not be theirs to hear forever.
A Most Remarkable Moment
Everyone who will read this has had a moment or will have a moment that is life-changing. Those who have had such a moment(s) will want to tell everyone. There is the first-caught fish, the first deer kill, the first kiss…there is always a ‘first’ moment, and everyone will hear. Those ‘most memorable’ moments are that way because they only happen one time and are never to be repeated kind of events. Peter had his when he had this exchange with Jesus, “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.” 9 Simon Peter said* to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.”
Do you notice how long it took Peter to realize his mistake? “Right now; not in a few minutes or tomorrow, and his friend Jesus did not have to wait, either. “…wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” Peter was prepared for a body bath, not a foot rub!! We can laugh and I am certain that Peter and the other disciples had a laugh or two through the weeks, months and years when they compared experiences around a campfire. I can tell you my moment(s) with God when He spoke and got hold of my heart…do you have a minute or two?
The one moment that changed my life was the moment I came to know Him by faith at the end of the last day of VBS in the FBC of Lubbock, Texas. My friend Johnny and I walked to the front of that huge sanctuary and spoke to Dr. Grant, the Pastor. He asked me, “Why are you here?” Well, the rest is history, but that moment was life-changing because Jesus washed not my feet, He cleansed my heart…all of me!!. What is your story?
Jesus is Lord.