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10/5 John 12-14

John 13 gives us the true heart of the servant Jesus.  In Matthew 20:28 Jesus states, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Here goes it a step further by physically showing his disciples what it means to serve.

3Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

And as always Peter opens his mouth only to say the wrong thing.  Jesus, you shall never wash my feet.  Wrong answer Peter.  Then Jesus continues with the lesson.

12When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Jesus then explains that this is how they can be blessed, by serving each other.  I think that a great example of this is the Hospitality Ministry at church.  Members serving members and guests food and cleaning up after them.  I hope that they feel blessed because they should.

In John 14 Jesus comforts his disciples by telling them to trust God and also him.

1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”

He also told them that he will prepare a place there for them in heaven and that promise is for us also.  Do you believe in the promise?


October 5, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,


  1. Yes! (to answer your question)

    EVEN non-believers know that when we do something for others, we feel good. For many that is their only motivation, serving but ultimately looking out for themselves within comfortable boundaries. But Christ tells us to do it out of obedience. And it doesn’t always feel good! It requires sacrifice and it may hurt because we all come with rooted garbage (pride, greed). Yet in the end we are blessed by God; not just cozy feelings (it DOES come with real joy!) but with the knowledge that we are fulfilling His purpose. This is what it means to imitate Christ and truly reveals our heart for Him.

    Comment by Rachel Rad- | October 5, 2009 | Reply

    • I agree Rachel, serving for the right reason makes all the difference. God blesses those who serve because of Him. Thanks for your thoughts.

      Comment by northsideccblog | October 5, 2009 | Reply

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