Today's verses are John 13:6-9: "He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, 'Lord, do you wash my feet?' Jesus answered him, 'What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.' 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.' Simon Peter said to him, 'Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head.'" My child, I had just begun washing the feet of my disciples. It was my last supper with them. Surprisingly, they had begun to argue among themselves regarding which one was the greatest. To counter this false thinking of what it meant to be my follower, I took a towel and a basin of water and began going from disciple to disciple, washing their feet. This menial task was reserved for the lowest servant. I was assuming that position to make a point: my followers are to be servants, not superstars.
Then I approached Simon Peter, my close friend, the major spokesperson of the Twelve. What ensued was a powerful dialogue between us, one that has a specific meaning for you, too.
Simon Peter did not want me to wash his feet. He saw me as the Master and him as the pupil. Me washing his feet was unthinkable! I told him that the meaning of what I was doing wouldn't be totally apparent until after my death, resurrection and ascension. But one day he would understand.
Simon Peter responded that he would never allow me to wash his feet! It was simply beyond him to understand what I was doing. I told him that if he didn't allow me to wash his feet, he would have no share with me. He would not belong to me. Simon Peter then asked me to wash not only his feet, but his hands and head as well! He was expressing his desire to give total devotion to me. His entire body was at my disposal, he was saying.
But Simon Peter could not totally understand what I was teaching until after my cross and resurrection. The footwashing here merely symbolizes the necessary washing for the forgiveness of sins. After my death on the cross, for all who believe in me, their sins are washed clean, completely washed away.
Only those who realize this profound truth can follow me. It is symbolized in my church by baptism. The water does indeed cover your feet, hands, head--your entire body. Your entire life's sins have been covered by my cross. Symbolically, your entire life is mine. You are not your own. You've been purchased with a price, that price being my shed blood on the cross.
My child, do you know that your sins are forgiven? Do you know that if you believe in me I don't remember them any more? Do I now own all of you? Your work? Your family? Your money? Your time? Your focus? Everything?
If you follow me, there is no part you can't hide anything from me. I gave all for you. Have you given all for me?
That's the lesson I wanted to teach Simon Peter, the other ten disciples (minus Judas), and you too.
Is this the case?
You can trust me today.