Today's verses are John 13:10,11: "Jesus answered them, 'The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean.  And you are clean, but not every one of you.'  For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, 'Not all of you are clean.'" My child, my foot-washing of the twelve had a double meaning.  I was trying to teach both of these meanings to them, though they could not totally understand what I was saying until after my cross and resurrection.  What were these two meanings?

Peter had objected to my taking the position of a menial servant and washing his feet.  When I told him that he could have no share in following me unless I did this, he wanted me to wash his entire body!

In this instance, my foot-washing symbolized  my first meaning: the forgiveness of all my disciples sin.  No person can follow me unless they have received the meaning of my death on the cross, unless they have received the forgiveness of their sins from me.  This person is forever "completely clean" in my eyes.  Once you are mine, you are always mine.  Every one of my disciples receiving my foot-washing belonged forever to me, except one, Judas, whom I knew had already decided to betray me.

But there is another meaning I wanted my disciples to learn from this foot-washing experience.  Even though they belonged to me forever and were forever forgiven, as they (and you) walk through life, they (and you) would still sin.  They would still accumulate dirt on their souls, still fall prey to the old nature that would occasionally rise up.  They would still need to return to me and ask for forgiveness, to be washed again and again, from accumulated sins on this side of eternity.

My child, that's why later, my friend John, in one of his letters, penned these words, "If you confess your sins, he is faithful and just and forgives you of all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9).  If you say, when you follow me, that you'll never sin again, you are a liar.  Again, you still have to battle the old sinful nature that has not yet completely died, nor will completely die, until you come to me in heaven.

Therefore, when you mess up today, when you disappoint me, when you have an argument with your spouse, when you hurt my heart, return to me.  Come back to me cross.  Receive anew, daily, my grace, mercy and kindness to you on the cross.  My grace is greater than your sin.  It always will be.

I just ask one thing: please don't use this grace as license to sin.  Don't use my forgiving love as a means to continue to sin.  If you do, you've made a mockery of my death and resurrection.  You are using grace to sin.  It's cheap grace.  It's a total misuse of what I intended my grace to offer.  It breaks my heart. It deserves my severest condemnation.

Following me is costly.  It demands your whole life.  But my grace and mercy are new every morning.  My grace is your fuel that allows you to keep moving forward in faithfulness.

Therefore, today, tomorrow, and all days, let me wash you again and again with my grace.

You can trust me today.

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