Whose turn is it to serve? (John 13)

16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant[c] 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.  John 13:16-17

This past weekend our church had a major outreach event targeting our community.  The results were amazing as our church family served together and they served others.  One of the most amazing moments came at the end of our event as so many people stayed around to serve.  No one asked, “Whose turn is it to serve?”  Everyone just served.

As Jesus entered the upper room with the disciples it was clear that 11 of the disciples did not understand all that was taking place.  Jesus knew because He is God.  Judas knew because Satan had made it clear to him that now was the perfect moment for betrayal.

As we read John 13 we see Jesus standing up from his place at the table.  We see him walking over to where the servants were standing.  He takes a towel and wraps up around his waist.  Wait a minute, is Jesus taking the duties of the servant?  Our answer is obvious as we see Jesus pouring water into a bowl.  He turns and begins to wash the disciples feet.  Was it Jesus time to serve?  Peter did not think so.  Jesus is the Son of God.  Why is He serving the disciples?

Three important thoughts are here for us:

I. Jesus sets the example of the attitude for a Christian, Vs: 1-11.

II. Jesus explains the example to the disciples, Vs: 12-30.

Jesus say’s, “I have served you and you need to serve others.”  Luke 11:28 says, “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.”  Certainly we know there are people, like Judas, who are imposters in the family of God.  But true Christians have a heart to serve.

III. Jesus gives us His expectations for our lives as Christians, Vs: 31-34.

As we serve one another people around us will know that we are Christians as they see the love of God flowing from us.

As I thought back to our weekend together, I realized our community knew who we were by the way we were living our lives.

Father I pray for all who read this today.  May they follow the example and fulfill the expectation set by Jesus.  By this our communities will come to know who we are and they will seek to know why we are as we are!

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