Serving Each Other “In His Steps”

“If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:14)

Jesus is infinitely above us in rank. Therefore, if He condescends to do something for us lowly human beings, how much more should WE be willing to follow in His steps, and do these things for each other?

This is true in a number of ways: Continue reading

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Lead By Example

“For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.” (John 13:15)

Here Jesus gave His disciples — and all us reading His word today — one of the most important lessons about leadership: lead by example. SHOW those who are following you, what to do by your own example. Continue reading

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He Knew

“For He knew the one who was betraying Him …” (John 13:11)

“He KNEW.” Judas’ betrayal didn’t catch Jesus off guard. “HE KNEW” — all about it. So why did He allow it? Why didn’t He do something about it? Continue reading

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If I Do Not Wash You

“Peter said to Him, ‘Never shall You wash my feet!’ Jesus answered him, ‘If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.’” (John 13:8)

There can be no fellowship with the Lord for human beings, unless we have been washed. We are sinful: we have each inherited a sin nature, and we have each personally chosen to sin. Our sin separates us from fellowship with a holy God. This is why Jesus told Peter that if He does not wash us, then we can have no part with Him.

But thankfully, that is exactly why Jesus came: Continue reading

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“The Disciple’s Indispensable Book” (Matthew 5:17-19 sermon)

John Bunyan’s classic story, Pilgrim’s Progress, is generally regarded as the 2nd-most widely read book of all time outside the Bible. In it he tells the allegorical story of “Pilgrim”, who leaves “The City of Destruction” where he lives, on a journey to the Celestial City. Along the way he enters through the narrow gate, his burden falls off at the empty tomb, and he is given a book to guide him on his journey. Unfortunately, at a resting place, Pilgrim accidentally leaves the little book behind, and when he discovers that he doesn’t have it, he rushes back to his former resting place to get it. He cannot go on in this journey, without the Book that is so indispensable to Him in his pilgrimage. Of course, that “book” in Bunyan’s story represents the Bible, and it IS indeed the “indispensable book” for a person who is on their way to heaven.

In the first part of The Sermon On The Mount, Jesus is speaking to His disciples. He describes in the Beatitudes what the character of His disciples is to look like, and then as we saw last week, He tells us what the role of His disciples is to be in the world: to be salt & light to those around us. Now here in :17-19 He reminds us of the indispensable book He gave His disciples for our journey to heaven: the word of God, the Bible. Continue reading

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“You Will Understand Hereafter”

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.'” (John 13:7)

Of how many things that happen to us are these words true: “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter”? Continue reading

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The Confidence That Serves

“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.” (John 13:3-4)

John 13:3 describes the confidence that Jesus had in His relationship with His Heavenly Father. As we saw in the devotion on :3 here, Jesus KNEW: 1) Where He came from; 2) What God had given Him, and 3) Where He was going.  As a result we see here in :4 the strength this confidence gave Him: Continue reading

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