Christ’s love is so amazing because he has forgiven all our past sins. But even more amazing is the fact that He has already decided to forgive all our past sins too! On the eve of His crucifixion Jesus washed His disciples’ feet, saying, “You will understand later.” He knew they were about to perform the vilest act of their lives: deserting Him.

By morning His disciples would bow their heads in shame and look down at their feet in disgust. And when they did, He wanted them to remember that He’d already washed their feet. Remarkable. He provided mercy before they needed it and forgave their sin before they even committed it. Deeply moved and compelled by His love, all but one of them would go out and preach the gospel and lay down their lives for Him. Paul writes, “The love of Christ compels us” (2Co 5:14 NKJV).

Christ’s love for you is:

(a) the only constant that never changes in a constantly changing world;

(b) the thing that will draw you back to Him each time you fail;

(c) the driving force that will cause you to want to give Him your all.

“The blood of Jesus, God’s Son, cleanses us from every sin” (1Jn 1:7 NCV). The truth is, we are always being cleansed by the blood of Jesus. The cleansing isn’t something futuristic. Cleansing is real, right now. When a speck of dust falls on one of Christ’s saints, it is washed away. Jesus still cleanses His disciples’ feet. He still washes away our sins. Knowing this will make you live for Him like nothing else will!

“You will understand later.” Jn 13:7 NCV

Bob Gass

April 3rd, 2017

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