Joh 13:7 Jesus answered and said to him, “You don’t know what I’m doing just now, but after these things you will come to know.”
Joh 13:8 Peter said to him, “You will certainly not wash my feet, and that is permanent.” Jesus answered him, “If I don’t wash you, you don’t have a part with me.”
Joh 13:9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.”
Joh 13:10 Jesus told him, “One who has bathed doesn’t need to wash anything except his feet, but he is entirely clean. You are clean, but not all of you.”
emotional roller coaster
This little passage is jam packed with emotions. First Peter – you can see him frowning – tells Jesus that that there is no way he’s going to allow him to was his feet – and that is permanent (aiōnios). Jesus looks him in the eye, and softly responds that if there is no washing, Peter is lost to him. At this, a smile breaks out on Peter, and he asks Jesus to wash his hands and head too. That’s when Jesus smiles, and reminds Peter that he has already bathed, and only needs to wash his feet. But a somber look replaces the frown as Jesus points out that not all of his disciples are clean spiritually. In the same verse, Jesus smiles over Peter, and frowns over Judas.
Lord, give us the wisdom to make decisions that bring you joy, and not sorrow.