Servanthood (Feet Washing) (Romans 14:4, 1 Corinthians 3:23, John 13:1-17)Jack Graham, 03/26/2017
Part of the Various Sermons series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
"SERVANTHOOD (FEET WASHING)"
Sunday (AM), March 26, 2017
Local doctor and his servants!! Romans 14:4
From the Smith Bible Dictionary servant is defined as:
1. "Someone who voluntarily dedicates himself to the service of another."
2. "The servants of God are those who are devoted to His service and obey His Holy word."
Dedicates means assume responsibility, fulfilling a promise, but what if? Devoted means ownership, you belong to God, no what ifs, you're all in. From 1 Corinthians 3:23, "And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's."
Quote worth remembering: "God gave us two hands---one to receive with and the other to give with." Billy Graham
Verses 1-3: Jesus was sent to earth to fulfill the Will of God, the perfect Lamb knew His time had come to return to the Father. He loved His disciples till the end. Why did Jesus wash their feet? It is simply because He loved them.
Verses 9-11: To have your feet washed you must confess your sins; at the Cross we were washed all over, completely. Public
bath/by the time one got home his feet were dirty. The world around the disciples was of man, a world of sin, anti-God, and
anti-Christ. This same world they lived in could be painted today, slowly becoming a world without Jesus.
Verses 12: "Do you know (understand) what I have done to you." He answered His question in verse 16!! Jesus humbled
Himself in servanthood to those He loved. I ask you, do you understand real joy comes when we serve others in the name of
Jesus Christ? Jesus doesn't push down; He lifts up those He loves. Here Jesus gives to believer's equal footing. When we
place our feet in His hands we are totally yielded to Him. We need change; we need revival; we need to be cleansed; we need
to washed completely, washed in the precious blood of the Lamb.
Quoting Phillip Yancy, "Jesus' demonstration of love and servanthood lives as a reminder to believers that nothing we
could do for another person is beneath something Jesus would do. (a servant is not greater than his master) No matter what we feel we deserve from others, we can't bent too low in caring for them. Service doesn't demean one's dignity; rather, as Jesus shows, it defined it."
Relationships don't carry on because the guilty are punished but they carry on because the innocent are merciful (are filled with mercy). Only one was worthy of having his feet washed, yet He, the one worthy of being served, served others.
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4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. (ESV)
1 Corinthians 3:23
23 and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's. (ESV)
13:1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had 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 back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share 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, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, 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 also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. (ESV)