Monday, 04 April 2011
Jesus washing his disciples' feet is a familiar passage. I think most of us have experienced a setting where a group took it literally and washed each other's feet. Humbling. Nice. Symbolic. Nothing to write home about I am ashamed to say.
So, I found myself reading it again, but in my NIV translation. (I usually prefer the New Living Translation). Jesus asks his disciples a question and this time it pops out and SPEAKS to me:
Do you understand what I have done for you?(Jhn 13:12)
And it's like I get it... what the crucifixion and resurrection means. The atonement. It's not just about the forgiveness, reconciliation and eternal life. It's about how Jesus washed us clean, spiritually. Only it's not just the fact of him washing us clean that is jumping out at me, but the tender love that went into it that I experience in my heart. It's the love of Abba, Father.
God is lovingly washing me clean, like I am a treasured baby and He is asking me: Do you understand what I have done for you?
Do you understand what He has done for you?