John 13:8 (NKJV) Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
“If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” What did our Lord Jesus mean by that? Jesus is telling Peter, and to us, that without this washing there can be no fellowship with Him. Think of the setting when our Lord said that. It was the Passover Feast which speaks of His death. And Jesus was risen from the grace on the Passover Feast which also speaks of His rising in resurrection and going back to heaven. Take in the symbolism of what Jesus is saying, He is girded with the towel of service and He is saying to all who come to Him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” We cannot have fellowship with our Lord and service with Him, without the washing. How does Jesus wash us today? The answer is given to us in Psalm 119:9 (NKJV) which says “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.” And in John 15:3 (NKJV) where Jesus said “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” And also, in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he said “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:25-26 NKJV). Friends, it is the Word of God that washes us and keeps us clean. It is hard to go through the day without breaking the heart of the Law. But when we sin, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NKJV). And how are we cleansed? It is by the Word of God. Peter did not feel right that the Lord Jesus Christ should wash his feet. But it was Jesus’ will. So, Jesus answered him “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” My friend, we have no fellowship with Jesus when we are disobedient to His will.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.