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Christ “made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!” (Phil. 2:7-8) How awesome to consider that the Creator of the universe, unbound in time and space for all eternity, chose to be bound
by a woman’s womb for nine months,
by the body of a man that knew weariness and hunger,
by a Roman cross, with His hands and feet pinned by spikes,
by a borrowed tomb . . .
Why? So that you and I might be set free from the problems that threaten to bind us and keep us from fulfilling God’s intended purpose for our lives.
Praise God! We can be free, truly free at last, from all that binds us, because the One Who is gloriously eternal, unbound by time and space, was willing to be bound!
The cross is not just a symbol of love or a fashion statement. The cross is your daily decision to deny yourself,
and deliberately, wholeheartedly, unreservedly live out your commitment to His will and His way and His Word and His wisdom. The cross is your decision to live for Jesus. Period. No “ifs,” “ands,” “buts,” or “maybes.”
Would you take up your cross . . . every day . . . and follow Him?
In Jesus’ day the people went to common baths, similar to a public swimming pool, where they would bathe all over. However, as soon as they left the bath and walked along the streets, their feet would get dirty again. So when they arrived at their homes, it was not necessary to have a complete bath. They only needed to wash their feet of the dust and dirt they had picked up along the way.
Jesus was explaining to Peter that once you and I have been to the cross for our complete “bath,” we are clean. All of our sin – past, present, future, small, medium, large – is washed away by the blood of Jesus and we are totally, completely, permanently forgiven! Praise God! But we still sin! Our feet get dirty again! So every day we come back to the cross, not for forgiveness since we are already forgiven, but to confess our sin and be cleansed that we might maintain a right fellowship with God and with others and ourselves. Do you need a foot bath?