The Last Supper
Theme: In John 13:1-17 Jesus teaches us what it looks like to be a servant!
1.. The Greatness of Our God
A.) His Great Love!
God loves the world, but he has a special unconditional love for His people! (Those in Christ) Like a Marriage union! Your love for your spouse should look different than your love for the rest of the world! God loves his disciples in a special way! Paul says in Ephesians ch 3 “I pray that you could comprehend the height the depth the width the breadth of God's love!”
Just look at the cross - The cross speaks of God's love for his people!
Have you experienced God's love this way? Has this love become personal to you?
B.) His Great Humility!
Philippians ch 2
What you do with power and authority reveals a lot about who you are!
Jesus gives us a great contrast between he and Judas.
Jesus left His heavenly fame for an earthly frame! His life was characterized by humility and sacrifice and his focus was on serving others around him.
Judas abused his power! He was characterized by selfishness and pride.
His focus was on personal gain.
C.) His Great Cleansing!
Jesus is trying to point to the need for a greater cleansing!
Peter just needed his feet washed, but Judas needed a full bath.
Christians continue to be cleansed through repentance!
But lost people need to be saved and have their sins forgiven!
Jesus says Peter, you just need your feet washed.(repentance) You’ve been cleaned (saved) but Judas, he’s not clean, he doesn’t just need his feet washed on the outside. He needs a new heart on the inside! (Ezekiel 36:24-27)
We receive Grace in 3 ways.
1.. once and for all (salvation)
2.. Again and again (Every day)
3.. More and More (we never move past the gospel)
Q - Has God's love become personal to you?
Q - Have you received that once and for all cleansing? (Ezekiel 36:24-27)
Q- What is my life characterized by? Am I on team Judas or team Jesus!
Q - How does this passage stir your affections for God?
2. An Unforgettable Example
Jesus isn't only our Lord and Savior, He is our greatest example!
This passage teaches us a lot when it comes to serving others.
A.) No one is above serving
“I didn’t come to be served, I came to serve” Jesus Christ
If serving is beneath you, then leadership is beyond you.
B.) No one is below being served
Jesus served Judas!
Until you’ve served your enemy, have you really ever served? It’s easy to serve people whom you love. It’s easy to serve people who are easy to serve. Jesus served his enemies! (You and me) Romans 5:8
At one time we were all enemies of the cross!
Saved people serve people! It’s impossible to be served by Jesus and not want to be Christ to others, and it's impossible to be Christ to others and not serve them!
C.) Saved people Serve people
Serving isn’t something we do, it's who we are!
Q- If you measured your spiritual maturity based on serving, how mature are you in the faith?
Q - Who is your Judas in your life?
3.. Serving is a lifestyle to embrace
Where do we serve?
- In the home
- In the church
- In the community
Q- What's your next step in serving in the home?
Q- What's your next step in serving in the church?
Q- What's your next step in serving in the community?