John 13:1-17, 31b-35 “Humbled to Love Another” Holy Thursday 2015 RSUMC

communion_Grapes Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.” After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord–and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” [NRSV]

Be known as those who humble themselves before others:

  1. 1. Not allowing others to walk over you, but know you are strong enough to lead by serving
  2. 2. Humility is not thinking you are worthless, rather live knowing you can give yourself away to God because God has given Christ for our life and relationship.
  3. 3. Foot Washing is a intimate act of service. There are others that are equally intimate: sitting at table to eat is intimate. Transforming coffee time into teaching to read time (DC homeless example)
  4. 4. Develop a self image that reflects Jesus in you (Thoughts and actions)

A Reputation: How we are known and seen in the eyes and perspective of others.

  1. 1. A balance on not defining ourselves by others, at the same time being an example for others to follow.
  2. 2. Be known as one who God self-humbled to love and save, therefore be bold in loving others.

We come to the table to receive what we cannot provide for ourselves.

  1. We are served that we might have what is needed to become a servant leader
  2. We are fed because, while we can fill our lives, we cannot satisfy our spirits without God’s spiritual food.
  3. This table is the fruit of faithfulness for the purpose of bridging our unfaithfulness.

I’m not worthy, but to God I am worth it. REPEAT and SHARE

  • Come to the Table… Humble yourself and be served
  • Leave this Table… Lead by serving others as Christ has done for us.

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