August 07, 2022
John 13:1-5 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he 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.
· Jesus’ confidence to do His Fathers will came from His understanding of who He was.
· Confidence in our identity in Christ provides incredible protection from the attacks of the enemy.
· Jesus was so secure and motivated by love that He was free to serve others no matter the task.
· When we know who we are, according to who God say’s we are, we are free to love and serve others.
Philippians 2:3-8 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
· Godly leadership and greatness occur when someone gives up their rights for the good of others.
John 13:6-11 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.
· Salvation happens when someone is justified before God by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
· Sanctification is the continual cleansing and growth we experience as we walk with God through this life.
John 13:12-17 When 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. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
· Jesus commands His followers to love and serve one another instead of living with the attitude that we are more important than others and believing that certain tasks are beneath us.
· If you are willing to live this life of loving and serving others, you will be blessed!
· Greatness is not determined by what we get, but by what we give.
· Martin Luther King Jr.: “Everyone can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve… You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
· Call or text YES to 321.574.6970 if you have chosen to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.All Bible references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted. NLT = New Living Translation.