Why Did Jesus Say to His Disciples Not All of You Are Clean?

When Jesus spoke to his disciples, he often used metaphorical language that required interpretation. In John 13:10, Jesus says to his disciples, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean.

And you are clean, though not every one of you.” This statement has puzzled scholars and believers alike for centuries. Why did Jesus say that not all of his disciples were clean?

One interpretation of this statement is that Jesus was referring to Judas Iscariot, who would soon betray him. Judas was among the twelve disciples but was not truly a believer in Jesus. Therefore, he was not “clean” in the sense that he had not truly embraced the message of salvation that Jesus preached.

Another interpretation is that Jesus was speaking more broadly about all humans and their need for salvation. In this interpretation, being “clean” means being spiritually pure and free from sin.

While all humans are born with sin and in need of salvation, not all choose to accept it. Therefore, even among those who walk with Jesus and hear his teachings, not all are truly “clean” in the spiritual sense.

Regardless of the interpretation one chooses, it’s clear that this statement emphasizes the importance of embracing salvation and living a life free from sin. It also reminds us that even among those who seem outwardly pious or religious, there may be those who do not truly believe or live according to God’s will.

As followers of Christ, we must strive to be truly “clean” by embracing his message of salvation and living our lives in accordance with his teachings. This means striving to love others as ourselves, forgiving those who wrong us, and seeking peace wherever possible.

In conclusion, while the meaning behind Jesus’ statement may still be open to interpretation and debate today, its message remains clear: we must embrace salvation and strive to live our lives in accordance with God’s will if we hope to be truly “clean.”