Why is it that we don’t want Jesus to do what He came to do?
Remember the story in John 13? The one where Jesus washes the disciples’ feet? Do you recall what Peter said when it was his turn to have his nasty feet scrubbed? John recorded the conversation this way:
“He came to Simon Peter who said to him, ‘Lord are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ ‘No,” said Peter, ‘You shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.'” (John 13:6-8)
I get it. I wouldn’t want Jesus touching my nasty feet either. I mean, can you imagine? The Son of God on His knees approaching you with water and a wash rag, looking at your crusty toe nails? Gross. The Son of God, the Holy One of the Father, looking at your feet? The ones you haven’t touched in days or weeks? The ones that have dry skin on the bottom and dirt between the toes? See what I mean? I get it. I would have Peter’s same response. I, myself, don’t want to touch my own feet. Much less have GOD mess with them. Gross.
If you think about it, this is a picture of a spiritual reality. Jesus isn’t just washing feet. He is letting Peter (and us) in on something very-very important. If Jesus doesn’t wash your feet, you have no part with Him. To put another way: If Jesus isn’t allowed to clean the nasty stuff, you’ll never understand what He came to do. If Jesus isn’t allowed to see the scary parts, the embarrassing stuff, the regretful stuff, the dirty stuff, the – let’s be honest – nasty stuff, He will have no part with us. If we don’t let Jesus in to forgive, love, transform the gross parts, we will never grasp the depth of His love for us. If we won’t let Him get near the parts we try to hide, we don’t let Him do for us what He came to do.
Jesus doesn’t get grossed out by our dirt.
Jesus doesn’t stay six feet apart.
Jesus isn’t afraid to clean the nasty junk.
We can try to keep it from Him if we choose. But it will be to our own peril.
Don’t stop Jesus from doing what He came to do. He’s not afraid of your sin. He doesn’t look on your heart and run away. In fact, if you believe, He approaches with His own version of water and a towel.