6 Then He came to Simon Peter who said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered and said to Him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will understand after these things.” 8 Peter said to Him, “Never will you wash my feet even into the age.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you do not have a share with me.” John 13:6-8 (translated from the NA28 Greek text)
As I write this and work on this translation of John 13:1-19 I am listening to a CD from Sovereign Grace music titled “No Greater Love.” Right now, my favorite song on that CD is playing which is titled “Know You.” Why am I sharing this? The heart that knows the Lord is so because the Lord knows that person by and through the power of the Cross….
Those who are loved by the Lord through the work of the Gospel want deeply to know their Lord, to be with Him and they can never get enough of Him. That is what is expressed in that song and all through this CD. Now, remember what I have shared continually through this series, Christianity is true not because of feelings or by any esoteric values that I was attempting to describe above.
No, it is true because of Who Jesus is, what He has done, and what He is doing right now. During His earthly ministry, He fulfilled all those prophesies completely about the Messiah that were given in the Old Testament. He lived a perfect, sinless life and when it was time, He voluntarily laid His life down to be the propitiation for those He came to save. He died on that Cross. He was buried, but was resurrected on the third Day and all of this was witnessed by multitudes of eyewitnesses and no one has ever been able to refute any of it. The Gospel is true because of those things. We have arrived at the night of the Passover Feast in which our Lord will institute what we call the Lord’s Supper or Communion.