Music links updated 2014
Art Credit: Peter Paul Rubens “Christ washing the apostles’ feet. 1632
An excellent short reflection from the Barnstorming blog:
Psalm 51: 7
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me.
It had to have been mortifying. The Master, with a towel wrapped around His waist like a slave, kneeling to wash His disciples’ dirty smelly feet covered with the dust of Jerusalem. Though Peter protested, he was rebuked to submit, to comprehend the symbolism of the act.
It was this reversal that carried Him to the cross, the ultimate cleansing coming not just from His hands, but from His wounds, from His suffering, from His blood.
So He continues to wash off our everyday grime and gently, tenderly wipes us clean, knowing, realizing we will only get soiled again.
What wondrous love is this?
Songs for worship:
- Wash Me, Lord (Ed Kerr of Harvest, 1988 live concert video)
- What Wondrous Love (Fernando Ortega, from his album Beginnings). The link is to a YouTube video. Note: in the playlist below, I’ve substituted Cynthia Clawson’s version of this hymn from her fantastic 2004 album Prayer & Plainsong, since my only copy of Fernando Ortega’s version is protected by DRM.)
- Nothing But the Blood (written by Matt Redman, from his 2003 album Facedown. The version in the playlist is by the Swift, from their 2006 album Singing Back to You)