THE WAY TO THE FATHER part 8 – The King Who Comes to Serve (Jn. 13:1-17) – Steve Sudworth
Greatness in the Kingdom of God is so counter-cultural to greatness in the world. By washing His disciples’ feet (a foreshadowing of his death on the cross), Jesus demonstrates unconditional love and that serving others is the hallmark of true greatness.
The Gospel of John was the last Gospel to be written, as such, it’s audience is a church in turmoil whose first generation of believers were beginning to die and new generations of believers were beginning to rise up. He wrote to a new generation, who were not eyewitnesses, to give further detail and explanation of Jesus as the Son of God. Johns approach is rational and with through philosophical evidence to Christ’s Divinity. His goal was to answer the questions and objections of Jews & Greeks and bring them into a greater understanding of who Jesus is.
The Gospel of John was written somewhere around 80-95 AD during intense persecution. Christians were being kicked out of synagogues and families leaving them with no community, social contact, or means of work. Many Christians were reverting back to the law in-order to regain standing in the Jewish community. John writes evangelistically urging the Church to fall more in love with Jesus.
The Last Supper in the upper room is perhaps one of the most recognized scenes in the New Testament. Jesus, knowing His fate and The Father’s plan was preparing the disciples for what was to come. In Chapter 12, Jesus is joyously welcomes into Jerusalem with a parade of praise all the while predicting what is to come. In this text, Jesus communicated with those closes to him in regards to what was to come; yet they did not yet understand.
Text: John 13:1-17
1 John 3:1
Serving others isn’t possible without knowing who we are in Christ. Serving is primarily an act of love not an act, duty or responsibility and its impact is limitless. Jesus, the Son of the Living God, humbled himself and did a slaves job; removing the dirt and mud from the feet of his disciples. The magnitude of this act is insurmountable.
Suggested Discussion Questions
- Why do you think Peter responded the way he did?
- What challenges do you face within your own character in regards to serving?