“If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me,” John 13:8
As humbling as it was, He was doing it anyway, washing the feet of all the disciples in the room. In case you didn’t know, this was a very gross job reserved for the lowest of servants in the house. The roads were not paved but rather dusty and muddy and littered with all types of animal material left behind (if you catch my meaning). Open sandals were the norm of fashion which really didn’t do anything to keep the elements of all that had been stepped on out. Feet stank and were blistered, sore and probably repulsive to us today. No such thing as a pedicure back then.
Yet, here is the Savior, bending below the lowest servant washing the filth away. Is this not a precursor to what He would shortly do on the cross, stooping below the lowliest to wash all the filth and stink of sin away forevermore? The things that are repulsive, gross and out of order with the beauty of the life God designed, Jesus bows to wash it all away. No wonder His rebuke to Peter sounded harsh, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” For Jesus knew better than anyone that anything man could do to try to remove the filth of sin away was inadequate. One needed to be washed by Jesus.
Despite popular belief, there are not many roads to heaven. Jesus very clearly stated, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me,” John 14:6. I cannot over emphasize those two words NO ONE. That means no exceptions. That means no matter how good one thinks they are if they have not gone through Jesus, if He has not cleansed them from their sins, they will not walk those dirty feet on His heavenly streets.
Wash me, Jesus! If there is any impurities, any sin, anything that keeps me from You, cleanse me and make me whole. “Lord, not my feet only, but my hands and my head!” John 13:9. From the top of me to the bottom, from the inside out, wash me and fit me to live with thee there!