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November 8, 2021 6:57 am
Can you imagine the Lord of the universe washing feet? It is an example of how we should treat one another. A desire to serve and not be served. Part 1.
Jesus calls us to serve not be certain he wants us to choose humility, not try and give us an example a picture of how to do that in John 13 verse one welcome to moment.
Can you imagine the Lord God of the universe stooping to wash his followers feet. It's an example of how we should treat one another. I desire to serve not be served on today's program data to accept our study in the 13th chapter of the Gospel of John in a message called why Jesus washed the feet you with me last week. No. In John 12 versus 4050 Jesus gave his last public message in verse 44, he cried out to a large number large throngs and he basically preach the gospel, how the father had sent the son into the world to die on the cross to forgive us of our sins. Now we move from John 12 verse 52 John 13 verse one. In between those two sections of Scripture passes several days we don't exactly when the public sermon last week that I talked about was preached by Jesus. It was probably on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Now when we began.
John 13 verse one it is Thursday and Jesus is going to have a Passover Seder meal with his disciples, he is in an upper room and he is preaching teaching specifically to the 12 were now moving from all of his public ministries mostly in the temple, but in some other places as well from John one through chapter 12 to now a personal mentor and time with his 12 disciples not you need to know just how important of these verses are fought for from chapter 13 through 17 we have what is called the upper room discourse. These are the most intimate teachings of Jesus to not only has 12 but to you and me today. So for example with our teams that meet at 430 on Sunday night at Carl press hey parents, make sure you bring them.
I've asked Sean similar and the leaders to really focus on these verses from now through December because if you want your teens to really understand what it means to be taught. Jesus most intimate teachings.
Here it is.
And that's what Sean and our other people are going to do with the teams I just think it's so important for them to learn, especially this section of Scripture.
So again that's at 430 on Sunday nights. Please bring them.
We can't teach them if they're not here and we want you to be able to teach them as well. There's a family conversation died that leader flowers puts out every week for my message and gives you the parents a chance to go through with your children. What I teach that conversation guide will be used as well with our team. So here we have this intimate teaching that Jesus is giving now in the upper room. Now what was the upper room. Most scholars think and I think this as well that it's John Mark's parents place.
If you look at his history. You know he must've had some wealth in his family and it looks like Jesus chose John Mark's home to be a place where he taught and particularly the upper room of John Mark's house and his parents house which implies they had some means some wealth where he taught not only the 12, but this could have been well the upper room of acts. The first chapter and ask when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon those 120 were gathered in an upper room as well so Jesus brings his 12 together and he starts teaching them. These intimate teachings here we go folks. John 13 verses one through 21 of the most powerful sections of Scripture. And here's the bottom line regarding what I want you to teach today. Jesus wants us to serve not be served. He wants us to choose humility, not pride and you give us an example a picture of how to do that in this section of Scripture. John 13 verse one now before the feast of the Passover. So right before the Passover was to begin that weekend here on Thursday night. Jesus is going to celebrate the Seder Passover meal with his disciples when Jesus knew that his hour had come not his hour is the time of his death on the cross and he knew it was within hours literally on the Passover celebration would take around four hours and it would begin at sunset so it was probably around 6 o'clock when this Passover meal began, it would last for four hours until 10 o'clock and then he would be arrested in the garden of Gethsemane around midnight and he would be on the cross. The next morning at 9 AM.
He stood for six hours on that cross from 9 AM to 3 PM and so when you talk about Jesus, knowing that his hour had come. He is within approximately 12 hours or so of him going to the cross, when he gives his disciples this teaching his hour had come and it had come to depart out of this world to the father. Jesus knew that his time and come to leave this world that he had entered in Bethlehem some 33 1/2 years earlier.
This time it come to return back to the father. Remember the verses last week. The gospel is that the father sent the son into the world and the sun came into this world as perfect God and perfect human to live the life we can't live perfectly in the die on the cross to take the father's punishment for our sin upon his son so that we would never have to face the wrath of God were declared not guilty by the father and we can now have the gift of eternal life now. The hour had come for Jesus to die be raised from the dead and ascend back to heaven. Basically to go home. Keep going with me in verse one, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end Jesus came into this world to love not. Not only these 12 disciples, but all of those who choose to follow him and he was going to love these 12, even to the end. All 12 love even Judas, even to the point where Judas betrayed him.
He loved all 12, even until the end giving them all a chance to choose to follow him how great is the father's love that he sent his son into the world. The sun now longs for all of those whom he quest after two choose to follow him he will love us to the end. Verse two during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot mail notice here real quickly that Judas's name is Judas Iscariot know why in the world did he betray Jesus.
What could be that his name Judas Iscariot could mean-ish carry off if means son of Carrie off was a city in the South in Judah. All the other disciples came from the north in Galilee. It could be that Judas felt initially like he was always an outsider.
He was the one given oversight of the treasury, and it could be that he had an education. Unlike these common fishermen and others who were from Galilee. It could be that he also loved money that seems to be the case in the Scripture, and he pilfered money from the disciples moneybag that they gave money to for him to carry and it could be as well that Judas had an expectation of Jesus being a Davidic like Messiah. And when Jesus did not fulfill his desire for the reestablishment of David's kingdom on earth that he led this betrayal against Jesus. Now the devil was the one really behind Ephesians chapter 6 verse 12 makes it very clear to your friends that our war is not against flesh and blood, but the powers and principalities of the darkness. There are two kingdoms there's a kingdom of light in the kingdom of darkness you're in either one or the other.
You can't be in both the head of the kingdom of darkness is the devil, one who rebelled against God. Many, many years ago and took one third of the angels with him, he became the demons. They have as their desire to kill, steal and destroy anything and anyone in the kingdom of light so the devil thought he devised this plan to crucify Jesus and he put into Judas heart the desire to betray him.
Why again because of money because of power. Those are two big ones that have realized themselves continually through the years as reasons of why people betray people, but you need to realize that even though the devil did attempt Judas Judas allowed it to happen. There is the temptation the enemy the devil himself can't force us to do anything he can only tempt us. He had been attempting Judas repeatedly and finally Judas gave in and here John tells us that Judas gave in to the temptations of the devil to betray Jesus to put them on the cross before this meal ever took place. So again realize the devil wants to tempt you to disobey God and rebel against him. You have free will you make that choice, but ultimately the devil wants your demise and the destruction of anyone and everyone he possibly can, and also notice that Judas Iscariot is called Simon's son so the devil puts into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him to portray Jesus. One quick thought here dads aren't adolescents. I don't care what our culture says dads are essential for the raising of children and I find it fascinating here that John the writer of the gospel says that Judas Iscariot is daddy's name was Simon dear fathers who are listening to me right now. Make sure that you give your children the great faith they need in Jesus to defeat the wiles of the enemy. I promise you, the devil wants to destroy your kids. He's coming after them, tempting them to follow after the ways of this world and his wiles and ways you dads need to step to the plate and say I live for Jesus, you dads need to step to the plate and teach your children. God's word you dads need to step to the plate and model what it means to follow Jesus you do not want your name one day to be mentioned in your child's rebellion against Jesus that so-and-so child owned by the way, that was George's son or by the way, that was John's son. You know what your name mentioned with your sons or daughters rebellion. You want your name to be mentioned in their faithfully following of Jesus please. I think John's trying to make that point here. Judas was Simon's son.
There's a dad who is working in the lives of his children either moving them toward the evil one, or moving them toward Jesus. Make sure your moving your kids toward Jesus. Look at verse three 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, rose from supper so Jesus knew that all things had been given by the father to Jesus not the Trinity is a mystery for sure, but it's faithfully taught throughout the Scripture, the quality of the father and the son.
The father in Jesus is throughout the Scripture, and we see in the Trinity, one God in three persons, father, son and Holy Spirit. All three interchangeably loving one another. When we worship. By the way, we should be Trinitarian in our worship, forcing the father the son and the Holy Spirit that when the father saw our sin and knew our destination was hell. Yet he loved us so much, knowing he had to deal with the sin problem.
He sent his son into the world and in that request of the sun to enter that stable in Bethlehem. The father then gave all things in authority to his son that it implies that the father may be held those things more than the sun before the incarnation, but with the incarnation and Jesus humble obedience to the father. The father gave him authority over all things in this world. So Jesus rules over everything in this world and in the Scripture, Jesus will be the judge over every single one of us when we appear before him on that last day and will either appear before him for Devon or unforgiven, which is an important part of the text. We're about to look at. So Jesus knows that his time is soon the fathers given them all things, and he soon going to leave this earth and return home to his father. Have you ever thought about that. Where's your home. Fort Mill mint Hill Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania New York City Ave. I call that your home right now. That's not your home your friends if you love Jesus. Heaven is your home.
We are mere citizens living here for a season but were citizens of another planet or another place and we are journeying to that place.
In fact, this past week I spent a couple hours plus with Katie Hedrick's mom and dad and her husband Miles, 35-year-old woman in our church and we prayed for so furiously the Jesus would heal her of the cancer that had invaded her body beautiful young woman with two twins 13 months old and I just sat with them in and I just grieved with them cried with them. I tried to give insights into what might be going on through all of this and I'll never forget Katie's dad said you know what were just show sojourners here on the side of eternity were just sojourners here on this side of eternity. I thought to myself. You are so right and Katie is now just like a brother Howard. He passed away several weeks ago and you get a CD that is available to all of you free of charge does take. I know he loved you to have it to list all of his singing of the great hymns of the faith, the title of the CD and seen it before until I held up a couple weeks ago, is entitled. Finally home. Katie's finally home. Howard's finally home and you and I love Jesus or sojourners here like Jesus was for 3 1/2 years for us however many years were here, but our true home is heaven. That's our destination.
Let's be faithful in our pilgrimage as we move there is. Look at verses four and five. Jesus rose from supper and noticed that that verb is he continually rose from supper because in that day when they ate, they ate reclining they probably were on their left elbow and they would eat their food and their feet would be near the face of the person right behind them.
And Jesus was reclining as well so what is about to do. Keep this in mind, in the Greek tenseness arose is the present continual tense. Jesus had to get up and keep getting up and keep getting up over and over to do something very special that we're about to see.
So he rose from supper and then he laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his way waste and 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. I read that in my heart thinks you know what I'm a visual learner.
I learn better when I see things, some of you are more audio in your learning style. Others of you read something and that's a great learning style in a visual learner and when I see this I know Jesus is appealing to those of us who are visual learners. He's going to give us an example here of how he wants us to live. So one thing you need to know the reason he arose and kept arose and going from disciple disciple disciple with this towel and basin was because in Luke 22 and again you look at all the gospel accounts you compare gospel.
The gospel gives you insights and all that's going on. Luke 22 we see that during the Last Supper, the disciples started to argue among themselves, regarding which one was the greatest sin you imagine. Here they are with the Lord of love the night before his horrific death on the cross and they start arguing among themselves and this isn't the first time. It is like the third time we have recorded in the gospel accounts regarding which one of them was the greatest. I don't know, I'm the gray so I better you are not better than you are, and they all have a furious argument. So in light of that argument is the reclining at the table and are eating Jesus arose continually from disciple to disciple disciple to teach them something about Reagan is really into moments with David something coming up. David joins me in the studio. In a conversation about the importance of speaking the truth in all circumstances. Daily fast. This is the ministry minute, focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community on Mark McManus and here's Jim Noble with the dream Center, Charlotte hello my name is Jimbo and Bowen direct tell you guys think you will David and Marilyn Chadwick all of you there being no real number for us. You been there since OA starting Kings and grew into the dream Center mill in the last eight weeks, probably exceeding 50,000. Where's the city of reason and of those were with the meals on world remark never amount as long as the meals and know the first collimated route and provide you all the resounding yes everything you and not only that you dream is now this week, all dreams and with you as you got last week is see James Easton. Thanks for listening today. Julie Nina studio is our Pastor David blank David, thank you so much for doing hi Jen.
Great to be with you as well will in this morning's moment of hope. You made an excellent point about how hard truth is always better than a greasy lie. It's true Jen, and especially in this culture, we need to make the statement over and over again. A hard truth is always better than a greasy lie. We have people who are living in the culture of micro aggressions right now and what that means is you are living in fear every single day of offending somebody's feelings.
It's like walking on egg shells in this cancel culture and I think more and more people are just getting frustrated with their inability to speak what they think is the truth even if they speak it in love. So we need to claim truth, without truth lies proliferate, and I need to say very clearly to everyone though. You don't want to hurt people's feelings.
If you live in this world you're gonna bump into one another, especially if you hold deeply held convictions so we look at the Bible.
For example, in the Holy Spirit's job at least one of them is to convict us of our sin. And when we are convicted of our sin that hurts. Well, how does the conviction of our sin happened. It is by proclaiming the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So I want to exhort all of our listeners today to state the truth do so in love and when you do so you might have someone who doesn't like that, but that's okay because when the truth is spoken. That's the best hope we have for someone repenting and changing their lives. If you just speak a greasy lie to somebody they're going to continue in their sin. They're not going to ever be convicted of their wrongdoing so we must with all conviction, speak the truth because the truth is always better than a greasy lie.
And when we don't speak the truth.
We can be most assured that our culture will go down the slippery greasy slope of unrighteousness.
Why learn fast and I land these two Proverbs are my favorite and I mean every discipline from the amplified version is unpack that abets Proverbs 27, six faithful are the wounds of a friend who corrects out of love and concern that the kisses of an enemy are deceitful because they they serve his hidden agenda. That's great. To me that's saying it from a proverb exactly what this David-ism is today again a hard truth is always better than a greasy lie so dear friends, all of you listening right now. Appreciate your pastors who speak the truth in love, who say, thus saith the Lord. We have so many biblical examples of profits went to kings and places of power and spoke the truth. We have some issues where the King rejected that truth and then paid the price for it.
We have other kings, though, that accepted it, repented and God blessed the nation accordingly so that can happen with the king, it should happen with all of us as well. Listen to your pastor appreciate it when he speaks to you the truth in love, but also from your friends those around you. When they speak a good, solid, profound, hard truth to you say that's better than a greasy live.
Thank you for speaking the truth to me and love so bad it's like cleaning out a window and it hurts that it's good and necessary in the long run. It's the best thing that can happen to you. So again, thank you so much state I think you Jen and listeners. Thank you for listening today.
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