John 13:1-5 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. 2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.
1. Passover celebration - Celebrating the Faithfulness of God! (Exodus 12 to read more)
1b. His hour had come - The suffering of Jesus was about to go through.
John 13:1c He now showed the disciples the full extent of his love.
What does love really look like? A Servants Heart!
‘Took up the towel’ and washed their dirty feet. SERVED THEM.
What did he show them? What love looks like! What does it look like?
Love - unselfish, outgoing affection or tenderness toward another without necessarily expecting anything in return… Seeks the persons highest good (act of the will a choice) from the heart!
John 13:12-15 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher , have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have tone to you.
What keeps us from serving?
1. Discouragement - to make somebody feel less motivated, confident, or optimistic.
2. Distractions - something that takes our attention away from something else
Serving is Hard Work at times… It’s messy – It’s dirty
A Servants Heart:
- Looks for ways to show God’s love by serving others!
- Doesn’t expect anything in return!
- Requires Humility - Philippians 2:5-7 Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form.
- Trust God to refill what’s poured out!
Picking Up the Towel – To Show God’s Love by Serving Others!