51. Faithful to sanctify.
Updated: Oct 4, 2021
"A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not everyone of you."(John 13:10) Can you believe that Jesus washed the feet of Judas, the one who was to betray him! But it made no difference even after Jesus washed Judas' feet, let alone the fact that he was once baptized in water by Jesus himself (John 3:22), because his heart was not right before God. Looks as if, even God couldn't dissuade a Jew, let alone a Gentile, who was bent on doing evil! 'A man is not a Jew if he is one outwardly ... a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly and circumcision is circumcision of the heart by the Spirit ... ' (Romans 2:28-29) "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander." (Matthew 15:19) What is said of the Jew, holds true for the Christian, since the washing is not just outwardly in water but inwardly by the blood, word and Spirit. Our bodies might be clean, yet as we trudge through this sinful world, we might get our feet dirtied and therefore need to get it washed every day; that we might continue in the path of holiness. 'May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.'(1 Thessalonians 5:23-24) Amen.