Thank you for your service
March 13, 2022 / John 13:1 - 17
JOHN 13: 1 – 17
13 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. 2 And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from
supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 6 Then He came to Simon Peter.
And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” 7 Jesus answered and said to
him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” 8 Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” 9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord,
not my feet only, but also my hands
and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.” 12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to
them, “Do you know what I have done to
you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, I HEAR THAT OFTEN WHEN PEOPLE FIND OUT THAT I SERVED IN THE AIR FORCE OR WHEN THEY DISCOVER THAT I AM A POLICE DETECTIVE.
FOR 3 ½ YEARS JESUS SERVED THE PEOPLE, HE SAID THE SON OF MAN DID NOT COME TO BE SERVED, BUT TO SERVE, WHY DID JESUS SAID THAT BECAUSE THE ZEBEDEE BOYS, JAMES AND JOHN, JESUS CALLED THEM THE SONS OF THUNDER WHEN THEY WERE TRAVELING THROUGH SAMARIA
ON THEIR WAY TO JERUSALEM THEY ATTEMPTED TO FIND ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE NIGHT BUT WAS MET WITH OPPOSITION FROM THE VILLAGERS AND WHEN THEY FACED THE OPPOSITION, JAMES AND JOHN SAID, “LORD, DO YOU WANT US TO COMMAND FIRE TO COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND CONSUME THEM, JUST AS ELIJAH DID?” FIRST OF ALL JAMES AND JOHN DON’T YOU KNOW THE STORY, ELIJAH DID NOT CALL FIRE DOWN TO KILL ANYONE BUT HE CALLED FIRE DOWN FROM HEAVEN TO LET THE PEOPLE KNOW THE GOD WHO ANSWERS BY FIRE IS GOD.
STUDY TO SHEW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD, A WORKMAN THAT NEEDETH NOT TO BE ASHAMED, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH. BUT ALSO THE NEXT SCRIPTURE SAYS BUT SHUN PROFANE AND IDLE BABBLINGS, FOR THEY WILL INCREASE TO MORE UNGODLINESS. BROTHERS AND SISTERS YOU BETTER BE CHECKING AND MAKING SURE THE PREACHERS YOU LISTEN TO ARE IN THE WORD OF GOD.
JAMES AND JOHN MOTHER ASKED IF JESUS WOULD GRANT THAT ONE OF HER SONS SIT ON HIS RIGHT HAND AND THE OTHER ON THE LEFT IN HIS KINGDOM AND JESUS RESPONDED TO HER “YE KNOW NOT WHAT YE ASK”
ARE YOU READY TO BE HATED, ARE YOU READY TO BE PERSECUTED
ARE YOU READY TO GO THROUGH THE TRIALS TO GET THERE, ARE YOU READY TO SACRIFICE WHAT YOU WANT TO GET THERE, DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE ASKING?
PALM SUNDAY WHEN HE RODE IN ON A COLT AND THE PEOPLE THREW PALM BRANCHES AT HIS FEET THEY SHOUTED “HOSANNA, HOSANNA, BLESSES HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD”
HIS COMING INTO THIS WORLD WAS AN ACT OF LOVE, BECAUSE JOHN TELLS US FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT SCRIPTURE NOT WRITTEN IN ANY OTHER GOSPEL. JOHN’S SCRIPTURE CONFIRMEDTO US THAT JESUS WAS GOD’S SON
AT THE MOUNT OF TRANSFIGURATION IT WAS JOHN, JAMES AND PETER WHO HEARD GOD SAY, THIS IS MY SON, WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED, LISTEN TO HIM.
JOHN WAS CALLED THE DISCIPLE JESUS LOVED, THE BELOVED DISCIPLE, JOHN WAS NOT SAYING THAT JESUS DID NOT LOVE HIS DISCIPLES LESS BUT JOHN FOCUSED ON LOVE BECAUSE HE WAS STRUGGLING WITH LOVING PEOPLE AND HE LEARNED TO LOVE FROM WALKING WITH JESUS,
JESUS EXTENDS HIS LOVE TO HIS DISCIPLES BY HUMBLING HIMSELF AND SERVING THEM, HOW DOES HE DO IT, BY OFFERING TO WASH THEIR FEET.
JESUS CAME TO SIMON PETER, AND PETER WOULD NOT ALLOW HIM TO WASH HIS FEET. AND JESUS TOLD HIM UNLESS I WASH YOU, YOU HAVE NO PART OF ME.
A PERSON HAS TO BE WASHED AND CLEANSED BY THE LORD BEFORE THEY CAN BECOME A PART OF HIM
YOU CAN’T WASH YOURSELVES, YOU CAN’T CLEANSE YOURSELF
BRING IT JESUS
THEN PETER SAYS WELL LORD, IF YOU ARE GOING TO WASH MY FEET BUT ALSO MY HANDS AND HEAD,
IS IT NOT ENOUGH FOR THE LORD JUST TO WASH YOUR FEET, HE WASHED EVERYONE ELSE’S FEET, EVERYONE ELSE DID NOT ASK FOR THEIR HEAD AND HANDS TO BE WASHED TOO AND I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU ARE OF SERVICE AND SERVING PEOPLE, WATCH OUT FOR THOSE WHO WILL TAKE AN ADVANTAGE OF YOUR SERVICE
ONE OTHER POINT WITH PETER, LEARN TO BE CONTENT, LEARNED TO BE SATISFIED,
PAUL SAID NOT THAT I SPEAK IN REGARD TO NEED, FOR I HAVE LEARNED IN WHATEVER STATE I AM, TO BE CONTENT. PETER WAS NOT CONTENT WITH JESUS JUST WASHING HIS FEET, HE WANTED MORE, LEARN TO BE CONTENT, YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY THAT JESUS WANTED TO WASH YOUR FEET, HE IS GOD HE DID NOT NEED TO DO IT, BUT HE DID.
PAUL SAID I LEARNED TO BE CONTENT, IF I LOCKED UP IN JAIL, I AM CONTENT, IF THEY PERSECUTE ME, I AM CONTENT, IF THEY STONE ME I AM CONTENT, PAUL WAS LOCKED UP, HE WAS BITTEN BY A SNAKE, SHIPWRECKED BUT HE WAS CONTENT, HE WAS SATISFIED, WHY BECAUSE IF YOU CONTINUE TO READ THE SCRIPTURE FROM PHILIPPIANS HE SAID I LEARNED TO BE FULL AND HUNGRY BECAUSE I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME.
PETER WAS NOT CONTENT WITH JUST HIS FEET BEING WASHED HE WANTED MORE AND PETER DON’T YOU REALIZE JESUS WASHED EVERYONE’S FEET INCLUDING THE ONE, THAT WILL BE BETRAY HIM LATER IN THE GARDEN,
THE TEXT SAID THAT SATAN ALREADY PENETRATED THE HEART OF JUDAS AND YET IN STILL JESUS WASHED THE FEET OF THEIR BETRAYER.
JESUS SAID I AM DOING THIS SO YOU WOULD SERVE ONE ANOTHER, BECAUSE IN THE CHURCH, WE HAVE BACKSTABBERS JESUS LOVED JUDAS, BECAUSE WITHOUT THE BETRAYAL, THERE COULD BE NO CROSS, AND WITHOUT THE CROSS, THERE COULD BE NO SALVATION.
IF WE SERVE THEM, THE BIBLE SAYS THAT JUDAS WITNESSED WHAT HAPPENED TO JESUS AT HIS TRIAL, THAT HE WAS LIED ON AND CONDEMNED AND THE BIBLE SAYS THAT JUDAS FELT REMORSE AND RETURNED THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER THAT WAS USED TO BUY HIS BETRAYAL.
MAYBE JUST MAYBE WE SERVE THEM, PERHAPS THEY MIGHT FEEL REMORSE AND REPENT,
IT WAS JESUS SERVICE TO US THAT MADE US REPENT