FRIDAY 9TH FEBRUARY, 2018
THEME: THE CLEAN AND THE UNCLEAN
TEXT: JOHN 13:3-20
MEMORY VERSE: JOHN 13:8b “Jesus answered him
(Peter)’ If I wash thee not, thou has no part with Me.”
In the Old Testament, Moses drew a distinction between clean and unclean animals. The clean animals were allowed to be eaten while the unclean ones were forbidden. Eating the unclean makes the Jews become unclean and unacceptable before God. However, when Jesus Christ came, He declared all things clean, none to be refused. The coming of Jesus and His offering on the Cross terminated the rule of “unclean”. His blood has cleansed the human race.
Nevertheless, man must respond to the offering of Jesus in faith and obedience before the ‘cleanness’ in Him could be imputed free of charge. The Disciples of Jesus were all declared candidates of heaven when they came back testifying of the miraculous use of Jesus’ name (Luke. 10:20). In today’s text, one of them – Judas Iscariot – had become rejected and termed ‘unclean’. Why was Judas Iscariot termed unclean? Jesus said all were clean except him (verses 10&11). It was because he had gone out of the confines of a true Disciple – he sold the Master who called and saved him.
How would Jesus label you, ‘clean or unclean’? Are you still within the confines of His grace? Or have you sold the Master who called and saved you? If you sold Jesus, what would you use the money to do? Remember, Judas could not even make use of the money anymore – it was all labour loss (Mt. 27:3-5).
You can only remain clean when you are obedient to Christ’s command His blood cleanses you from all sins (Jn. 14:15-16, 15:10-11, I Jn. 1:7).
HYMN: EMHB 400 – TAKE MY LIFE, AND LET IT BE
PRAYER: Lord, You have made me clean through Your blood; keep me continuously spotless all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.