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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