Maundy Thursday

Today’s Reading: John 13:1-17

“He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, do you wash my feet?’”  – John 13:6

Peter is troubled. Jesus is on His knees. He is washing feet and in Peter’s mind that is no place for Jesus. Therefore, he speaks up and says, “Lord, do you wash my feet?”

Like Peter, it is troubling when we think of Jesus serving. We like to do things on our own and it bothers us to think that Jesus would serve us. But if Jesus does not cleanse us then we are not cleansed and if Jesus does not serve us, then we cannot be saved.

Jesus is here to serve. He takes His place on the cross to wash and to serve you. You are sinful and unclean, so Jesus sheds His blood to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. You are covered with sin, so Jesus hangs on the cross to win your salvation. You are full of sin, so Jesus suffers and dies to grant you forgiveness.

Yes, Jesus washes Peter and through the waters of your baptism Jesus washes you. Through His Word and Sacraments Jesus comes and serves you, giving you forgiveness, life, and everlasting salvation. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayer: Jesus took the role of servant When upon that gruesome span, For all human sin He suffered As a vile and loathsome man; On the cross poured out like water To fulfill the Father’s plan. (Jesus, Greatest at the Table, LSB 446:3).

This devotion was written by Rev. Jesse Cearlock Pastor of Our Redeemer in Dubuque.

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