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Bible Reading: 27th April 2015

John 13.6-9 cont.

6 Then He comes to Simon Peter. He says to Him: “Lord do You wash my feet?”

7 Jesus replied and said to him: “At this moment you do not understand what I am doing, but after these things you will know.”

8 Peter said to Him: “You should never wash my feet.” Jesus replied: “If I should not wash you, you have no part with Me.”

9 Simon Peter said to Him: “Lord not only my feet, but also my hands and head.”

The reply of Jesus to Peter is another rebuke, although not so gently this time.

Perhaps it was pride that made Peter state that Jesus should not wash his feet; he may have felt guilty for not offering to do this menial task; maybe it was not wanting Jesus to demean Himself by doing what a servant should do. Whatever the reason, Peter was in no mood to change his mind and allow Jesus to wash his feet.

Are there times when we refuse to allow Jesus to change our minds about certain things. We may have a fixed opinion about how something should be done, which results in us taking up an entrenched position. Churches are prone to the concept: ‘this is the way it has always been done, and this is the way we’ll continue to do it’.

Such an attitude is not born of the Holy Spirit, and it may well lead to a rebuke from Jesus for failing to come into line with His will.

There was an occasion when Jesus told His disciples that He was to be killed, but that He would be raised on the third day. Peter was not prepared to accept this:

[22] But Peter took Him aside and corrected Him. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to You!”

[23] Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from Me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to Me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, and not from God’s” – Matthew 16-22-23 (NLT).

We can be certain that Jesus is not going to change His mind, therefore, realizing this, we need to bring ourselves into line with His will. This means that we have to jettison our thoughts and adopt His thoughts.

God’s word tells us:

[8] “My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the LORD. “And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

[9] For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts” – Isaiah 55.8-9 (NLT).

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