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Let's Stay Clean

by Pastor Huck Kusner on 05/14/15

In the middle of the Passover meal Jesus poured water into a basin, wrapped a towel around Himself, and began to wash the apostle’s feet. 


Every believer is cleansed from sin the moment they express faith in Jesus. Yet we tend to pick up sin like the dust of the day as we walk through a dirty world. Jesus said, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean” (John 13:10). The word bathed refers to the whole body, but the word for wash means partially.


In Exodus we are told what was done for Aaron in order to set him apart for service. God instructed Moses saying, “You shall bring Aaron and his sons to the doorway of the tent of meeting and wash them with water” (Exo 29:4). Blood from the sacrificed animals was then placed on their right ears, thumbs and toes. They were now set apart to listen to, walk and work in only a godly way.


This is the same mandate for every Christian today. Our sins have been washed away by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and we are now expected to live a godly life. Talk is cheap; but a walk happens.


God then spoke again to Moses saying, “You shall also make a laver of bronze for washing, and you shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it. Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and feet from it when they enter the tent of meeting” (Exo 30:17-20). Although they were completely bathed and consecrated on the day of ordination, they would now wash partially for participation in godly service.


Our world is filled with foul sights and sounds. People in general accept the spiritual pollution all around us. I believe the message of John 13 is deeper than literally washing feet with water. I believe our Lord is showing us who are already saved from our sins, the importance of a clean walk as we live on this earth.


Our minds are to be washed daily by reading the Bible. (See Eph 5:26). Confession removes the dust of the day between us and God, as well as people we sin against. Confession restores intimacy so we can serve God effectively. Both keep us clean from the dirt that can cling. (See John 14:13).


Finally, Jesus wiped their feet showing He finished what He had begun. Paul spoke of finishing the course and ministry he received from Jesus well. May we also finish well. Since it won’t be long till we say so-long, let’s stay clean.  

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This article first appeared in January/February 2017 issue of Calvary Corner News.