Reflections: April 1, 2021
By Aaron T. Fenker
Jesus said to Him, "He who's bathed doesn't need anything except to wash his feet, but he's completely clean. And you are clean, but not all." (John 13:10)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. You're clean. You're completely clean. You're as white as the colors on the altar this Maundy Thursday. How can you be anything else? In Jesus you're not! You've been washed, you've been sanctified (made holy) by His blood. You were wiped clean at the font. Now, because of the water and Word of Holy Baptism, you are a washed-clean, pure, holy, spotless child of God. He's given you His Name, marked you has His holy one, His saint.
But that's not all for you is it? You know what you've done. I know what I've done. We gossiped even before we realized what we were doing. We downloaded that movie file. We got mad at our brother or sister because of some stupid reason. We clicked the link. We're jealous of our neighbor. All these sins and others just creep up on us, and we step into them.
We want to be like Peter, "Lord, wash all of me." But Jesus says to you, "You've already been bathed. I washed you. I cleansed you. Be absolved! Let me take care of THAT sin. I will forgive it again and again and again. Receive my Body and Blood. It's given and shed for you for the forgiveness of all your sins."
Yes, you fall into sin. You step in it daily and much. In Christ you are pure. In yourself you are not. In this life you are sinner, but you are also saint. Jesus will make sure to keep you spotless and pure. He's washed you. He'll wash your conscience from whatever you happen to step in. He does this to save you, to keep you clean in this life and in the life to come.
You're clean. You're completely clean. You're as white as the colors on the altar this Maundy Thursday. In Jesus, how can you be anything else? In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
O Lord, who left to us in a wonderful Sacrament a memorial of Your Passion, grant we implore You that we so use this Sacrament of Your body and blood that the fruits of Your redemption continually may be manifest in us; who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for Maundy Thursday)
-Rev. Aaron T. Fenker is the pastor of Bethlehem and Immanuel Lutheran churches in Bremen, KS.
He is also the dean of theology for Higher Things.
He is also the dean of theology for Higher Things.
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