It’s audio devo day! It’s also Holy Week. This beautiful Scripture has been stirring in my heart for us:
“Jesus knew that the night before Passover would be his last night on earth before leaving this world to return to the Father’s side. All throughout his time with his disciples, Jesus had demonstrated a deep and tender love for them. And now he longed to show them the full measure of his love” (John 13:1, TPT).
Today He wants to communicate the full measure of His deep and tender love to us, too. So this week we take a little pause in our series on soul rest for a Good Friday reflection.
Do you struggle with guilt? Before you ever fell short, Jesus already extended His lavish forgiveness and amazing grace to you! (Holy Spirit nudged me to revisit this one…). Receive His amazing provision for you as you listen here:
“Unless I wash you, you have no part with me” (John 13:8b, NIV).
Although Jesus was looking into Peter’s eyes as He spoke this truth, His words were nourishment offered to everyone in the room. In that moment, little did the disciples know how desperately they needed what He was extending to them. Painfully soon, they would find out.
“Unless I wash you…” He uttered in deeply affectionate tones, even as He determinately set about doing exactly that. As He tenderly held each grungy foot, washing away grime and sweat, He looked up meaningfully into each face. The Lord of all eternity knelt before His friends, one by one, and He cleansed them.
His posture communicated to them the ultimate act of service He was about to undertake. Ahead of time, He was releasing its provision to them. Ahead of time, He was earnestly assuring them of His undying love for them in the face of their desertion. Ahead of time, He was pouring forgiveness into their hearts, the washing away of their sins.Continue reading Forgiven… Before We Even Sinned