Right after Jesus’ parable about those who were determined to reject him as king, we see the actual people whom Jesus was speaking of.
Jesus was fast approaching Jerusalem, and a lot of people were already there to celebrate the Passover. And everyone was asking,
What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the Feast at all? (John 11:56)
But the Pharisees and chief priests had already given orders that anyone who found Jesus should report him to them so that they could arrest him. The irony of all this?
Before celebrating the Passover, people had to purify themselves, that is to have a ceremonial cleansing (John 11:55). But while these priests and Pharisees may have been outwardly clean, their hearts were full of murder.
What can we learn from all this? A spiritual cleansing goes beyond ritual. It goes beyond doing a lot of good things. A spiritual cleansing starts by receiving Jesus as your King. It starts by saying, “I can’t cleanse myself. All my efforts, all the religious rituals that I do can’t cleanse me. Lord Jesus, help me.”
John tells us in his first letter that in the end, it is,
the blood of Jesus, [God’s] Son, [that] purifies us from all sin. (I John 1:7)
There is no other way for us to become right in the sight of God. We must come to the cross of Christ and accept the work he did for our salvation. Only by putting our faith in him will we truly become clean in the eyes of God.
How about you? Are you truly clean before God?