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
Jesus had announced that Peter was “completely clean”–fully forgiven, freely justified, and set free from the penalty of sin. Jesus made it clear that the person who has bathed does not need to do so again “except for his feet.”
Although we are set free from the penalty of sin, we are not miraculously free from sinning. Every one of us still sins daily. Jesus was telling Peter, and the rest of the disciples, that his forgiveness covers all sin–past, present, and future.
Do you ever struggle with believing God is that good? Do you have trouble believing that God not only cleansed you, but that he continues to do so, day by day? Listen, his river of grace never stops flowing over you.
Jesus, I am so thankful for your work on the cross, where you delivered me from the penalty of my sin and purified me from all of my unrighteousness. Thank you for reminding me, through your interaction with Peter that your forgiveness continues day by day. Help me to live in that freedom. Amen.