How to Be Made Right with God
This week I’ve been thinking about when Jesus washed his disciples feet the night before he was crucified ::
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end….
[Jesus] rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. (John 13:1,4-5 ESV)
Peter was horrified and upset by this, and didn’t let Jesus wash his feet ::
Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” (John 13:8 ESV)
I am so much like Peter. I keep thinking that the way to be clean is by my right service of God, but the gospel shows me that I can only be made clean by God’s service of me.
This Good Friday, may you be overwhelmed by the great work of God on your behalf.
P.S. This sermon is a good meditation on the events of Good Friday.
(Art by Ford Madox Brown)