Unclean! Unclean!

“No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.” Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”John 13:8-9

Having to be bathed can be a humbling, even humiliating experience for an adult. Yet Jesus associated this sort of experience with redemption to make it abundantly clear that our own disciplines and religiosity can’t sufficiently clean us up or keep us clean. Every one of us is a mess and Jesus is the only one with a tub and soap.

Lord, make me clean.