John 13:10

Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean.  And you are clean, but not every one of you.”-John 13:10

“You are clean” was an amazing pronouncement.  When Jesus said they were “completely clean,” he meant that sin had no remaining impact on their standing with God. Because of his life, death, and resurrection, sin would no longer have dominion over them.

One of the most precious doctrines of the Christian church is the doctrine of justification.  Justification has to do with our legal standing before God.  We are all guilty of breaking God’s holy law, but we are unable to pay for our release.  Yet because God loves us, he sent his son, Jesus, who willingly paid the penalty for our sins, justifying us before God.  The penalty for sin has been paid.  We are free. We are, as Jesus told his disciples, “completely clean.”

Jesus, you tell me, through your word, “You are clean.”  You have justified me, setting me free from the bondage of the sin that entrapped me.  Help me to never lose sight of your finished work and to believe you when you tell me I am clean. Amen.

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