John 13:1-17 The Servant King / Messiah

Give God Time

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymn…

The Servant King (Graham Kendrick)

A Word in your ear

John 13:1-17 The Servant King / Messiah

1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 

None of the disciples had performed the customary foot washing at their last supper together, which would happen as soon as guests arrived, anywhere. It was the expected courtesy – especially as eating was done whilst leaning against your neighbour, so your sandy feet would have been not far from someone’s face! Anyway, Jesus set the example by doing what the lowest servant knew was his job. 

3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 

6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?

7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

8 No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

9 Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not everyone was clean.

The others said nothing but Peter was red-faced that Jesus was performing the servant’s job. Jesus took the opportunity to make a teaching point, by taking the servant’s job. Anyone who wants to call themselves Jesus’ disciple must follow His example. Servant leadership means doing whatever the lowest job is, that needs to be done. 

Peter wanted to skip the servant-like jobs… Jesus insisted on setting the example of what discipleship means…

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them…’

Memory verse. John 13:14

Afterward, Jesus asked, ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ v.12.

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet

—-Summary

15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them…’

Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? 

John 13:14 The  Servant Messiah…

v. 14 ‘Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet’. 

Today’s Challenge

All the disciples had skipped the servant-like jobs! However, Jesus insisted on setting the example of what discipleship means… of doing the jobs of the lowest servant – O.H.M.S. – On His Majesty’s Service!

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Second reading. John 13:1-17.  Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet 

13:1 It was just before the festival of Pesach, and Yeshua knew that the time had come for him to pass from this world to the Father. Having loved his own people in the world, he loved them to the end. 

2 They were at supper, and the Adversary had already put the desire to betray him into the heart of Y’hudah Ben-Shim‘on from K’riot. 

3 Yeshua was aware that the Father had put everything in his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God. 

4 So he rose from the table, removed his outer garments and wrapped a towel around his waist. 

5 Then he poured some water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the talmidim and wipe them off with the towel wrapped around him.

6 He came to Shim‘on Kefa, who said to him, “Lord! You are washing my feet?” 

7 Yeshua answered him, “You don’t understand yet what I am doing, but in time you will understand.” 

8 “No!” said Kefa, “You will never wash my feet!” Yeshua answered him, “If I don’t wash you, you have no share with me.” 

9 “Lord,” Shim‘on Kefa replied, “not only my feet, but my hands and head too!” 

10 Yeshua said to him, “A man who has had a bath doesn’t need to wash, except his feet — his body is already clean. And you people are clean, but not all of you.” 

11 (He knew who was betraying him; this is why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”)

12 After he had washed their feet, taken back his clothes and returned to the table, he said to them, 

“Do you understand what I have done to you? 

13 You call me ‘Rabbi’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because I am. 

14 Now if I, the Lord and Rabbi, have washed your feet, you also should wash each other’s feet. 

15 For I have set you an example, so that you may do as I have done to you. 

16 Yes, indeed! I tell you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is an emissary greater than the one who sent him. 

17 If you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

(Complete Jewish Bible)

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