SCRIPTURE: John 13:1-17, NLT
I’m going to let the cat out of the bag by telling you how you can be blessed this morning. Look with me at verse 17…Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
You don’t need to write this don’t, just listen carefully to these three words and never forget them…GOD LOVES OBEDIENCE. I hear those words fall from the lips of a preacher over 40 years ago and I have never forgotten them…I can almost hear his voice right now…GOD LOVES OBEDIENCE. Here is a little secret: God blesses what He loves. In just a moment, I am going to suggest four things that you can do to be blessed but it will take some courage and conviction to do them.
NOW: Jesus has not commanded us here to raise the dead, has He? He has not commanded us to heal the sick? His command is for us to love and serve each other.
I want you to look at your bible and make sure I am not misleading you. What did Jesus do on this occasion? Look in verse 5-6…
WHAT WILL IT REQUIRE FOR YOU AND I TO FOLLOW HIS EXAMPLE?
I. WE NEED TO KNOW WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST
How many times do you see these two words in the text…Jesus knew? Some translation may read…Jesus knowing… do you count three…verse 1,3,11…this is important…
- Jesus knew that his hour had come…
- Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that He had come from the Father and would return to the Father…
- Jesus knew who would betray Him…
All three are indications of His deity…Jesus was God and He knew it. He knew where He was from, what He was here to do and where He was going when He finished the task. JESUS HAS NO INSECURITIES–NONE. Unfortunately, you and I do and one of those fears is rejection. We are afraid of what others think.
Folks, I know who I am. I am a death and hell deserving sinner that has been saved by the marvelous Grace of Our Loving LORD. I found my identity in Christ. At one time in my life I was a people-pleaser and miserable at it. You may reject me today but my courage comes from Jesus who will never reject me. Psalm 34:22…The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned. Paul said in Romans 8:1, Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
If you don’t know who you are in Christ…you are going to have trouble with the command to wash feet.
II. YOU MUST HUMBLE YOURSELF
Once again, I want you to notice what Jesus did…So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.
- He got up from the table…the initiation of action
- He took off His robe and wrapped a towel around His waist and poured water in a basin…prepared for ministry
- He began washing the disciples’ feet. Can you wash feet standing up? No, He got on his hands and knees.
I’ve shared this message many times in many places and I am going to tell you up front: you can’t do it if you are filled with pride. Perhaps, the most moving service I’ve ever been a part of was a “Foot Washing” Service.
III. YOU MUST PUT LOVE INTO PRACTICE
Love was more than a word to Jesus, it was an action. Jesus got up and girded Himself for action. John 13:1…Jesus loved His disciples…He loved them to the very end…even Judas. Not only did Jesus know that Judas would betray Him, He knew that Peter would deny Him and that the other ten would flee the scene like scared rabbits.
He did not love them because they were lovely…or because they were great men…He loved them because He chose to love. It was his sovereign choice.
Do You want to be blessed? Here is how you do it…whatever the Holy Spirit prompts you to do in the next few minutes, obey…If you obey, you will be blessed. BECAUSE…GOD LOVES OBEDIENCE.
We are going to wash some feet…
I am going to give you four suggestions but the Holy Spirit may go a different direction: You obey HIM, not me.
- There are people here today who are going through a crisis and you know who they are…I don’t…in just a few moments…I’m going to ask you to go to that person and affirm your love for them.
- There is someone here today who has been a blessing to you…possibly a mentor. It could be a parent or a teacher or your boss at work….go to them and thank them.
- [getting a little harder] Perhaps you need to rededicate your life to Christ…I want you to come and let me pray with you.
- Perhaps, there is someone here that you have held a grudge against…I want you to go to them and make it right.
This not for show…no one other than the person whose feet you wash is going to know what you are doing. You don’t need to shout but feel free to talk above a whisper. Don’t worry about what others think…that is pride…just obey the LORD right now.