Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and head."

How well do we invite the Lord to make us clean? Here is the following account from the Last Supper:

"He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean" (John 13:4-10).

Do we sometimes act like Peter? Not allowing the Atonement of Jesus Christ to operate in our lives?  

When we know the true power of the Atonement, and the cleansing power of the spirit, it is often figuratively our spirit says, as Peter later declares, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and head." 

How wonderful that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be cleansed every whit from our sins and iniquities, and comforted in our trials and afflictions. 

May we ever avail ourselves of that, and reach out in prayer always, is my prayer.  

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Picture is The Servant by Yongsung Kim

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