Bath verses Basin
John Chapter 13:4-10 Jesus is facing the cross as His disciples fight among themselves about who is greater. Jesus without saying a word relieves Himself of His outer garment. He wraps His waste with a towel much like the apron on a chef. Jesus fills the basin with water as He kneels to wash the feet of His disciples.
This act would have silenced the prideful arguments. Their teacher, mentor and master is doing the unthinkable; a job of a lowly servant. Even the disciples would not wash each other’s feet for they thought too highly of themselves. Jesus begins cleansing the feet and drying them with the towel girded around His waste and He makes it to Peters feet.
Peter exclaims “You shall never wash my feet!”
Jesus is not only being the example of humility and servant hood but also symbolizing the cleansing of the cross about to take place. Peter now wants all of himself bathed. In the ancient world people would bathe in the public baths but would walk back to their homes and their feet would need washed again. The cross is our bath, we are cleansed by His blood. We are now justified before God. However, as we are being sanctified we become spotted by this world.
We are tainted by sin. We leave our homes and we find ourselves in a world of darkness. Billboards with alluring images start to become our scenery. The radio is playing elicit music. We arrive to work to be inundated by foul language and dirty jokes. Our personal phones are laced with graphic images made to entice even the most Holy of people.
Watching a wholesome movie or television program has become nearly impossible for the set apart Christian. Although we are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and all our sins have been wiped away at the cross we still need to wash the dirt off our feet as long as we live in this world.
When the world taints us we must find refuge in the word of God. Reading the Bible will help us stay pure as we encounter all the temptations surrounding us. We take our lives and mirror it to scripture. When we recognize the defilement we repent and ask for our feet to be cleansed of all unrighteousness. The bath is a one time event where Christ paid it all for you. The basin is the continual cleansing needed because we still live in a fallen world. We need Christ for both!
2 Corinthians 7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.