A Christian Meditation on Seeing Your Body as Completely Washed By Jesus from John 13:4-11
Dave Cover: This is Christian Meditation for A Bigger Life. I'm Dave Cover. I want to help you with Christian meditation and experience God's presence through biblically guided imagination, where you can draw near to God and get the stress and anxiety out of your mind, out of your heart and out of your body, so you can live a bigger life. If your podcast app is set to skip silent sections, disable that for this podcast. You might even select the option to make that something that you do always for this podcast. In a minute, we're going to meditate on John 13 verses four through 11. But before that, let's get your body in a good physical and spiritual disposition to meditate so that you can recalibrate and reintegrate your body and your mind with God's infinite presence, an intimate love for you right now in this moment. If you're able, life flat on your back or sit comfortably in a chair and close your eyes, uncross your legs. And when you're ready, begin by taking in deep breaths through your nose and into your belly, intentionally making your belly rise with each breath. And then with each exhale, focus on letting all the muscles in your body soften and let go of tension. Breathing in making your belly rise, calm, slow breaths. In through your nose if you can, closing your eyes, if you can. And as you exhale, say quietly to yourself, relax. Not every time, but maybe every now and then, saying to yourself, relax, or let go. Something about our brain hearing our mouth speak has a tremendous impact on what our brain does. You'll feel it even in your own muscles as you do it, softening, letting go. Try to bring your mind's awareness to feeling your entire body all at once, relaxing, muscle softening, letting go of tension. Using your imagination, almost feel your body from within as if your mind is going within your body, and you're feeling your body from within. Feeling your body relax. You don't have to hold yourself up. Feeling your body giving in to gravity. Becoming heavier on the surface that you're on. Every part of your body becoming heavier. Letting go. Relax. This feeling is a sensation that you can actually feel, like when your body feels cold, you feel that sensation inside your body. This is like that, although it's a quieter sensation. You don't have to do anything, just focus your mind's awareness on noticing and feeling this sensation inside your body of feeling your body letting go and dropping limp and relaxing. Quietly say to yourself, relax. And feel that sensation inside your body. Just focus your mind's awareness on feeling the sensation of your body relaxing. Feeling your body from within. Feeling relaxed, more and more. Heavier. Letting go of holding yourself up. Let's take some time to focus your mind on specific parts of your body. We take time to do this kind of body meditation, to reintegrate, recalibrate your body with your mind, and then we will meditate on and we will imagine and feel God's word into your body, and reintegrate and recalibrate your body with spiritual reality. Let's begin by ringing your mind's awareness to your head. Bring your mind's focus to the top of your head and notice any tension in your scalp. Make an effort to release any tension in your scalp. Focus on releasing, letting go of any tension, any tightness, any clenched muscles in the top of your scalp. Focusing on breathing in, making your belly rise. And as you exhale, releasing any tension. Now moving your awareness to your forehead. Same thing, do you notice any tension there that you can let go, release, soften? Now moving your attention to your eyes. There are six muscles behind each eye that your eye uses to move, but it also is those muscles that become tense when you're stressed, anxious, angry, frustrated. You can always tell when somebody is stressed or tense by looking at their eyes, because the muscles are tightening with that stress, that anxiety, that anger. Right now, use your mind to focus on relaxing those muscles, letting go, releasing any clenched muscles behind your eyes, and softening your eyes, letting them just lay there in their sockets. Now focus on your cheeks, and just dropping your cheeks, letting them go completely. Softening them, letting them go limp. Now bring your mind's awareness to your jaw as well, releasing the muscles in your jaw. We often present a face to the world. Right now, you don't have to present the face to the world, you can let go. You don't have to hold up a face. Completely let your face drop, your forehead, your eyes, your cheeks, your jaw, your scalp, your ears, your temples. Now think of your tongue as being one big muscle it is. Let it just lie there, doing nothing, letting go, all the way back deep into your throat. Release. Soften your tongue and notice how that just causes your entire throat to let go and feel incredibly relaxed. And now your whole face is feeling like, well, when you look over at somebody on the flight and they're sleeping, their mouth, their jaw, their cheeks, their eyes completely dropped. Imagine that for your face right now. Letting go, you don't have to hold yourself up. You don't have to present a face. Let it drop completely. Now focus on the back of your head and releasing tense muscles in the back of your head. More than you realize, you hold tension there. Is there any there now that you can let go? Let go of any effort of tension in the back of your head, all the way down to your neck. Now around your neck. And now think of your entire head, your jaw, your cheeks, eyes, forehead, scalp, the back of your head, your tongue, your neck, that's just lying there. Completely let go. You're breathing in, making your belly rise. Slowly exhale, and having your exhale be a little longer than your intake. And you're letting your head lie there. Either, if you're sitting in a chair, just lying there on your shoulders, or if you're laying down, lying on the surface you're on, completely let go. Heavy. All the weight of your head just lying there. All clenched muscles let go. Moving your attention now to your shoulders, your shoulder blades, tops of your shoulders, sides of your shoulders, letting them drop completely toward the ground, completely giving into gravity, releasing all tension, all effort. Your muscles aren't doing anything in your shoulders, they're just there doing nothing. Focus on that with your mind as you breathe in and breathe out. Now move your attention down your arms, both arms. Going down your arms to your wrists, your entire arms lying there, doing nothing, letting go completely of any effort, releasing any form, holding them up in any way, completely relaxed. Feel both your arms lying there and parallel with one another. Relaxed, your hands. Thinking of both hands and your fingers and thumbs all lying there. Let go, doing nothing, holding nothing, completely limp. Now think of your hands and your arms, your shoulders, your neck, your head all at once. Relax, let go. Lifting nothing, doing nothing, completely limp. Let go. Now let go of any tension in your gut, your abdomen, releasing all clenched muscles, all tension, focusing on releasing those muscles. We hold a lot of tension in our abdomen that we're not aware of. Be aware of it now and release it, breathing in making your belly rise. And then as you exhale, just letting go of any tension in your abdomen, in your stomach, in your diaphragm. And now your chest. Feeling your chest just lying there, or sitting there, heavy toward the ground. No effort to hold yourself up. Now around to your back, all the muscles in your back that you have to use throughout the day, but now you're just letting them lie there. Completely let go, released, heavy. Limp like a noodle, just lying there. And now your hips. Releasing your hips, just try focusing your mind on actually releasing your hips, letting them fall toward the ground, letting them completely relax. Now your pelvic area, your buttocks. Now think of all your torso all at once. Your gut, your chest, your back, your pelvic area, your hips. Imagine the organs inside your body, using your imagination, this is just imagination. Just imagine your organs releasing tension, being given life by God's spirit to function, bringing life to your body. Imagine them being free of tension, free of stress, free of worry, being given life to every cell by God's spirit. Now move your awareness to your thighs and feel how heavy your thighs feel. Letting go, dropping to the ground like a limp noodle. Letting go, letting go of all effort. Feeling your thigh is just lying there. Heavy. Weighty. Your knees, your calves. You don't have to go anywhere or do anything, your legs can just relax completely. Release all clenched muscles, release all tension. Release all holding yourself up. Now your ankles. Your feet, both feet, both legs, just lying there. Heavy toward the ground. Focus on your feet and your toes. Now feel your feet, your ankles, your calves, your knees, your thighs, all at once. Both legs. Focus on breathing in, your belly rising, breathing out and softening all the muscles in both legs and feet, and becoming aware of sensing your legs and feet relaxing, feeling them from within, using your imagination as if your mind has gone inside your legs, and you're feeling them from within. Continuing your slow deep breaths, now bring your mind's awareness back to feeling your entire body all at once. Using your imagination to feel your body from within, your whole body, head hands, feet, arms, legs, shoulders, as if your mind is inside your entire body, feeling it from within. Now let's breathe spiritual life into your body by adding biblical meditation and imagination. While keeping part of your attention always on feeling your body, breathing in and out slowly, let me read John chapter 13, verse four. This is right before Jesus was arrested, it's the same night, and he'll be crucified the next day. It says, Jesus got up from the meal. That was the Passover meal, the Lord's supper. Took off his outer clothing. Jesus had a really nice seamless, outer clothing that the soldiers cast lots for, because it was so nice they didn't want to rip it. So he took that off and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciple's feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, Lord, are you going to wash my feet? Jesus replied, you do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand. No, said Peter, you shall never wash my feet. Jesus answered, unless I wash you, you have no part with me. Then Lord, Simon Peter replied, not just my feet, but my hands and my head as well. Jesus answered, those who have had a bath need only wash their feet. Their whole body is clean and you are clean, though not every one of you. For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not everyone was clean. This is a narrative that Jesus intended to have a lot of imagery, a lot of imagination. So imagine this, Jesus cleansing all of you as he went to the cross. Not just your feet, but your hands and your head, and every part of you. Unless I wash you, you have no part with me, Jesus says to you, and you are clean. The idea of Jesus washing the body is an imagination, it's an image that he wants us to have of what he's going to do at the cross when he dies for us. Washing is an imaginative word, so is clean. It's like the words, new self, new creation. Sin completely removed, washed away. A new self raised with Christ, as Paul says in Colossians 3: 1. Even now, even now, this is the reality, fully in the resurrection when Jesus returns, but even now, completely washed, clean, a new self, a new creation raised with Christ. So imagine these images. Imagine this reality. Right now, as true of you, this is the imagination Jesus wants you to have. Thinking of your body as completely washed, cleansed by Jesus, you are a new creation, a new self. Imagine this into your body, breathing in and breathing out and imagining this reality, Jesus completely washing you, completely cleansing you so that you can be part of him. Remember what 1 Corinthians 6: 11 says, you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the spirit of our God. The name of the Lord Jesus Christ means by the authority of Jesus himself and by the holy spirit who is in you. Remember 1 Corinthians 6: 19, just a few verses later, it says, do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you. For the Holy Spirit to be in your body requires that your body be made holy by Jesus. So that's why it says just seven verses earlier, you were washed, you were sanctified, which means made holy. You were justified, which means made righteous. In the name by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the spirit of our God, who is in you. Imagine this, Jesus washing you, completely cleansing you, making you all clean, washing you by going to the cross, rising from the dead. By the authority of Jesus and the spirit within your body, right now you are washed. Right now you are cleansed completely. Remember Hebrews 10: 19 and 22, therefore brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the most holy place by the blood of Jesus, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our heart sprinkled that cleanses from a guilty conscience, and having our bodies washed with pure water, that's imagination, and it's also true. Your body has been washed with the blood of Jesus, the pure water of the holy spirit, completely cleansed. Imagine this. Meditate on this imagery. Use your imagination to feel this image, this reality into your body. You're renewing how your mind sees your body. You're renewing how you see you, washed with pure water, your body washed with pure water, your heart cleansed from a guilty conscience, able to draw near to God, to the most holy place in the universe. By the blood of Jesus, you were washed, you were made holy, you were made righteous in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ. And by the spirit of your God, imagine this right now into your body. Feel your body this way. Feel this reality. Your body is washed. Your body is made holy. Your body is made righteous. Your body is cleansed because of what Jesus did for you. Feel this. Imagine this. Let's pray. Lord Jesus, I thank you that you allow me to be part of you by cleansing me, by washing me, by washing all of me. You have washed me so that I can be with you forever. You have washed me, you have made me holy, you have made me righteous. In your name, by your authority, and by your holy spirit, you have made me a new creation, You have made me a new self, and you have allowed me to enter the most holy place, the very presence of God, and to draw near in intimacy and security and confidence, by trusting in you, trusting in your word, trusting in what you have done on the cross, trusting in what you have done for me by your resurrection. And I've been raised with you, cleansed by you, washed by you. My heart washed from a guilty conscience, my body washed with pure water. So I draw near to you. I come to you in security, confidence, peace, calm, rest, dependence, faith, trust. And I feel this truth into my body, into my soul, with the confidence that he who promised is faithful. And I pray this in Jesus name, amen. Thanks for listening to Christian Meditation for A Bigger Life. 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The Bible gives us powerful imagery for us to use to shape how we see ourselves, including how we see our bodies. This kind of Christian meditation brings the transcendent experience of God into your mind and into your body so that you can replace anxiety, insecurity, stress and tension with the better and truer imagination of God’s infinite and intimate presence and love for YOU.
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In a minute we’re going to meditate on John 13:4-11. But before that, let’s get your body in a good physical and spiritual disposition to meditate, so that you can recalibrate and re-integrate your body and mind with God’s infinite presence and intimate love for you right now in this moment.
If you’re able, lie flat on your back, or sit comfortably in a chair. Uncross your legs. And close your eyes, if you can.
And when you’re ready, begin by taking in deep breaths through your nose into your belly — intentionally making your belly rise with each breath intake. And then with each exhale, focus on letting all your muscles soften and let go of tension.
Say quietly to yourself, “Relax.”
Try to bring your mind’s awareness to feeling your entire body (all at once) feeling heavier — feeling your whole body just releasing and letting go of holding yourself up.
This feeling is a sensation that you actually can FEEL. Like when your body feels cold — you feel that sensation inside your body. This is like that, although it’s a quieter sensation. You don’t have to do anything. Just focus your mind’s awareness on noticing and feeling this sensation inside your body of feeling your body letting go and dropping limp.
Just focus your mind‘s awareness on feeling the sensation of your body relaxing. Feeling your body from within — feeling relaxed more and more.
Let’s take some time to focus your mind on specific parts of your body…
We take time to do this kind of body meditation to re-integrate your body with your mind and then we will meditate on and imagine and feel God’s word into your body to re-integrate your body with spiritual reality.
Now let’s breathe spiritual life into your body meditation by adding in biblical meditation and imagination.
While keeping part of your attention always on feeling your body, let me read…
John 13:4–11 NIV
4 [Jesus] got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” 9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” 10 Jesus answered, “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.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
This is a narrative that Jesus intended with a LOT of imagery — imagination. So much of what Jesus did had literal actions/events with larger realities to imagine.
So imagine this — Jesus cleansing ALL of YOU as he went to the cross. Not just your feet but your hands and your head and every part of you! “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me,” Jesus says to you. “And you are clean.”
Washing is an imaginative word. So is clean. New self. New creation. Sin completely removed. Washed away. A new self “raised with Christ” (Col 3:1). Even now.
Imagine these images — this reality — into your body…
1 Corinthians 6:11 NIV
…You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
The authority of Jesus. The Spirit within your body (1 Cor 6:19).
Hebrews 10:19, 22 NIV
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, …let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Meditate on this imagery. Use your imagination to feel this imagery/reality into your body. You’re renewing how your mind sees your body — YOU.
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