2012-06-28 - Headlamps and the World
John 13:10a Jesus said to him, He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, (NASB)
My car is fifteen years old. The little bulbs inside the headlamps have been replaced a time or two. The last time this needed to be done it became very evident that the lenses had become very cloudy and yellow. I found a lense cleaning kit that seemed simple enough and took it home and more closely read the directions. There were little scrubbing pads and three different kinds of cleaners that needed to be worked over the lenses. After twenty minutes of good hard scrubbing and clean up the lenses fairly gleamed.
We were all impressed with the difference in their appearance. They were like new again. We were so impressed that we came up with a reason to take a drive after dark. After starting the engine and turning on the lights we were amazed to see the difference the cleaning had made. The light traveled much further down the road in a much brighter beam providing much more visibility.
This whole process has reminded me of this verse. At the end of one day Jesus washed His disciples feet. Peter at first refused to allow Jesus to wash his feet. Jesus gently corrected Peter (oh I see him in me sometimes) and Peter went to the other extreme: "Simon Peter said to Him, Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head. (John 13:9 NASB). Then Jesus explained that those who have bathed - those who have accepted Christ as Savior and are washed in His blood from sin - only need to wash their feet to be clean. Their feet would become dirty from walking the roads between towns and the streets in the villages - daily shortcomings as we walk through this world. We speak with the Lord in prayer and sincerely ask for His forgiveness we are clean again (1 John 1:9).
Just like the time spent cleaning the headlamps of my car made a difference, spending time with Jesus keeping our accounts short keeps our lives clean as a witness for Him (Matt 5:16). The Creator of the Universe knelt and washed the feet of twelve of His beloved creations. I understand Peter's discomfort when I think that Jesus might wash my feet, but then He does it all the time and will do it for you as well.
Does that thought surprise you? Selah.
Grace & Peace,