TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
FORGIVENESS NOWJohn 13:7
‘…You will understand later’ John 13:7 NCV
God doesn’t just forgive and forget all the sins you know you’ve done in the past – He’s already seen and forgiven any wrong you’ll do in the future too. Remember how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet the night before he was crucified? The disciples struggled to get why Jesus was lowering himself to one of the muckiest jobs around, but they were told by Him that they would later understand. You see, Jesus knew they were going to perform one of the worst deeds of history that very night – He knew they were going to desert Him. By morning they would bow their heads in shame, looking down at their feet, disgusted. And when they did, Jesus wanted them to remember that he had washed their feet.
See? He had given them mercy and forgiven their sin before they knew they had needed it. Stunned by his love, all but one of them would give back their lives in return by giving everything they had to the Gospel. ‘The blood of Jesus, God’s Son, cleanses us from every sin’ (1John 1:7 NCV). Jesus is still in the same business of washing us clean from our sins. And this clean-up is not a future promise but a reality, right now. Max Lucado said, “Let a speck of dust fall on the soul of a saint, and it is washed away!”
Read the story for yourself in John 13. Pay particular attention to Jesus’ very human prayer about how he felt at the time and the choice he made.