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Bible reading: 28th 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.”

Sometimes when a person is very enthusiastic about a particular thing they may be described as OTT, (over the top). This description is usually used by those who do not share the enthusiasm of whomever they may be talking about.

There is a real sense in which every believer in Jesus should be described as OTT, because of our love for Him, and for what He has done for us.

It is truly amazing how Peter changed from rejecting the washing of his feet by Jesus, to wanting a full body wash, not just his feet.

It is great that just a few words from Jesus can completely transform us from being doubters and rejecters of truth, into being overwhelmingly enthusiastic for more of Jesus.

Peter was convicted by what Jesus said to Him that he would have no part with Him if he did not allow Him to wash his feet. For Peter it was unthinkable to have come this far with Jesus and then to lose out because of his refusal to allow Jesus to wash his feet.

Peter instantly saw that continued refusal to allow Jesus to wash his feet would mean the end of his being a disciple of Jesus. It would mean that he would no longer walk with Him, learn from Him, or minister with Him. (We must remember that Peter was not in a position to understand that the death of Jesus was but a few hours away.)

Therefore, he enthusiastically transforms his mind to state that he wanted a full body wash. He wanted to have everything he could have of Jesus.

In Matthew 7 we read these words:

[21] “Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to Me as ‘Lord,’ but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey My Father in Heaven. [22] On judgment day many will tell Me, ‘Lord, Lord, we prophesied in Your Name and cast out demons in Your Name and performed many miracles in Your Name.’ [23] But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Go away; the things you did were unauthorized – verses 21-23 (NLT).

The implications are that there are those who do powerful things, but are not a part of Jesus. We must always make sure that we are enthusiastic in our being joined to Him the True Vine.

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