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Why is this show such a success? We get to watch these excited young business people fight their way up the corporate ladder. They learn to work with each other and try to be a team, but the attitudes are revealed by the private interviews and by watching their faces when one of their fellow workers says something that they think is completely absurd. Yet the goal is to beat everyone else out by being deceptive, backstabbing, crafty and strategic. This is a very good picture of what our society today thinks is the way to be great.
Yet Jesus sets a whole different standard for being great, and not only does He say it as we read a little while ago, He demonstrates it for us.
Let’s now jump to the book of John in the 13th chapter.
Here we get the picture that Jesus wants us to see.
Jn 13:1 It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.
Jn 13:2 The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.
Jn 13:3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;
Jn 13:4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.
Jn 13:5 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.
Jn 13:6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jn 13:7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
Jn 13:8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
Jn 13:9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
Jn 13:10 Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”
Jn 13:11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
Jn 13:12 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.
Jn 13:13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.
Jn 13:14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.
Jn 13:15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
Jn 13:16 I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
Jn 13:17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
1. It is unsettling to watch Jesus washing these guys feet.
a. He shouldn’t be doing this
b. They should be washing His feet (but they don’t)
c. Dispute arises – who is the greatest(Luke 22:24) (Wash basin sits, towel untouched, servant’s clothes hanging in the corner)
d. Jesus quietly gets up & takes the role of the servant
This is not right. This is not the way it should happen. Doesn’t He realize
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