“Jesus and the Washing” out of John 13:1-17 was preached on September 9th, 2012 by Pastor Brett Baggett at the worship gathering of Ekklesia Muskogee. Week #35 in Ekklesia’s The King and His Cross sermon series.
Scripture – John 13:1-17
13 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3 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, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then 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. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
Dear Christian, Jesus loves us. Jesus’ love for us is traced back long ago when “He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace” (Ephesians 1:4-6). Jesus loved us by dying on the cross for our sin, “By this we know love, that (Jesus) laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16). Jesus is also loving us right now by interceding for us before God the Father, “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or naked- ness, or danger, or sword?… No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:34-35, 37). Since Jesus loves us, he joyfully serves us. Jesus serves us ultimately by washing our sin away. After Jesus washes our sin away He sends us to joyfully love and serve others, using the talents, abilities, strengths, and resources that He has blessed us with.
Q.1 Ephesians 1:4-6, 1 John 3:16, and Romans 8:34-35 & 37, tell us that Jesus loved us long ago, loved us on the cross, and will love us all the way home. How does this change the way we live in this world? What do these realities of Jesus’ unending love for us do to our fear? pride? hopelessness? insecurity? loneliness? weakness? life’s purpose?
Q.2 What are some tangible ways you can love and serve others (wash dirty feet) in your every day life? (school, job, home, neighborhood, etc)
Q.3 What are you good at? what has God gifted you in? In what ways could you actively serve the Church that God has placed you in and blessed you with?
Here are some ways that you can serve in the Church right now:
Give financially to fuel the mission of Jesus’ church regularly, sacrificially, and joyfully. Seriously pray about what Jesus would have you give each paycheck, or each month, in order to do your part and be a blessing to the whole body.
Lead Serving Positions
2. Accountant/Financial Records
3. Worship Director
4. Worship Gathering Director
5. Community Groups Director
6. Discipleship Groups Director
1. Set up for Gatherings
2. Coffee/Communion for Gatherings
3. Sound and Lights for Gatherings
4. Slides for Gatherings
5. Worship Leader(s)
6. Ekklesia Kids Volunteers
7. Prayer Counselors for gatherings
8. Community Group Leaders for new groups
9. Community Group connectors at Gatherings
10. Discipleship Group Leaders for new groups
To Him who loved us long ago, before we came to be
He left His throne for earth below to save a wretch like me
To Him who freed us from our sin by dying on the cross
To make us whole, without and within, redeemed from dreadful loss
All praise to Christ from grateful men, forevermore, amen