Serve Humbly John 13:12-20, 33-38 Dec. 08 2013
When someone really serves in a humble manner they may not notice it but almost every one else does.
Humbleness is not weakness it is an attitude and spirit. Jesus is the perfect example.
1. Serve Humbly and . . Follow Christ Example. 13:12-15
A. Follow Christ Example and . . Wash Feet. 13:12-13
12 When Jesus had washed their feet and put on His robe, He reclined again and said to them, "Do you
know what I have done for you?
13 You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am.
B. Follow Christ Example and . . Work out what you have Witnessed. 13:14-15
14 So if I, 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 for you.
Most of our churches do not have a practice of washing feet as a part of a fellowship or worship time. We believe Jesus taught an attitude and spirit to practice as we mingled with our brothers and sisters in the faith. The New Testament does not refer to any church recommending foot washing as a practice of periodic worship or as an ordinance of the church. The observance of Lord Supper is commanded by the Lord and practiced by New Testament churches. For some people humility will be easier to practice than some others. Some will have to work at practicing humility and Jesus gave an excellent example. I don’t know of a time in my Christian life where I thought there were glowing examples of abuse.
2. Serve Humbly and. . Fervently Remember His Teachings. 13:16-20
A. Fervently Remember His Teachings about One . . Raised Up Against Him. 13:16-18
16 "I assure you: A slave is not greater than his master, and a messenger is not greater than the one who
17 If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
18 I'm not speaking about all of you; I know those I have chosen. But the Scripture must be fulfilled: The
one who eats My bread has raised his heel against Me.
B. Fervently Remember His Teachings about . . Receiving Him. 13:19-20
19 "I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He.
20 I assure you: The one who receives whomever I send receives Me, and the one who receives Me
receives Him who sent Me."
Experiences help us remember. The disciples remembered the lessons Jesus was teaching about Judas’ disobedience as he proceeded to disobey. If a prominent Christian fails and submits to some pronounced sin; it could help other Christians stop sin in it’s early stages. Belief in Christ gains support as you realize the amount of prophecies and predictions He made before they ever took place. Jesus said He told these events, “so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He.” I am glad through my childhood and youth I was told I could trust the Lord. I want to remember His teaching and give my life as a demonstration of Him and His grace.
3. Serve Humbly and . . Freely Love One Another. 13:33-35
A. Freely Love One Another by . . Obeying His New Commandment. 13:33-34a
33 "Children, I am with you a little while longer. You will look for Me, and just as I told the Jews, 'Where
I am going you cannot come,' so now I tell you.
34 "I give you a new commandment: love one another.
B. Freely Love One Another and Receive the Results of . . Obedience. 13:34b-35
34b Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
Have you been influenced by Love in family friends and your church? I have and I am grateful for it. As a young pastor I though we should be know for our doctrine but Jesus said we will be know by our love for one another. I still think doctrine is important but we might say the teaching of Jesus really stressed to importance of love. I have never tried to refrain form standing up for truth, but I hope I have always done so with an appreciation of others who say they are in Christ but disagree with me.
4. Serve Humbly and . . Forcefully Resist Boasting. 13:36-38
A. Forcefully Resist Boasting by . . Understanding The Lords Words. 13:36-37
36 "Lord," Simon Peter said to Him, "where are You going?" Jesus answered, "Where I am going you
cannot follow Me now, but you will follow later."
37 "Lord," Peter asked, "why can't I follow You now? I will lay down my life for You!"
B. Forcefully Resist Boasting because Of . . Unforseen Actions. 13:38
38 Jesus replied, "Will you lay down your life for Me? I assure you: A rooster will not crow until you have
denied Me three times.
How could Simon boast to the Lord about what he would do and how he would do it. Do you think some of that was to gain the attention of the other disciples? Have you ever done that or seen others live that kind of lifestyle? It may be easier to understand the Lord’s words today than back then. We have the New Testament, the guidance of the Holy Spirit and many very good teachers. There are still unseen actions and we need to
try to live by faith and Serve Humbly. Amen? Amen!