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Summary: There are two thing to consider to check our loyalty to our master, first a leader/servant must be willing to submit to the will of his Master (John 13: 36-38). Second, a servant must have hope and confidence to his Master (John 14:1-6).

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A SERVANT’S LOYALTY TO HIS MASTER

John 13:36-14:6

Introduction:

Peter returned to the subject of Jesus' departure (v. 33). He was unclear about where Jesus meant He would go. Jesus did not answer him unambiguously probably because such an answer would have created even more serious problems for him. It was not God's will for Peter to follow Jesus through death into heaven then, but it would be later (21:18-19). Jesus' answer implied that Peter had asked his question so he could accompany Jesus wherever He was going. Peter's statement was an indirect expression of affection for and commitment to Jesus.

In John 13: 36- 14: 6 especially v.37 we will notice Peter's profession of loyalty to his Master and Lord Jesus Christ when he said “I will lay down my life for thee.” And therefore I proposed that a leader/servant that has a strong attachment with Christ has two things to consider that confirm his loyalty for his Master and Lord: First, A leader/servant must be willing to submit to the will of his Master (John 13: 36-38). Second, a servant must have hope and confidence to his Master (John 14:1-6).

Body:

I. A SERVANT MUST TO SUBMIT TO THE WILL OF HIS MASTER (John 13: 36-38).

John 13:36 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered, Whither I go, thou canst not follow now; but thou shalt follow afterwards. V.37 Peter saith unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee even now? I will lay down my life for thee. V.38 Jesus answereth, Wilt thou lay down thy life for me? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, the cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice (ASV).

Two things to consider as why we need to submit to the will of our master:

a. Our Master holds the blue print of the whole plans (v.36).

• As a servant and loyal follower of our Master, we should trust with His Word, and since He is our Master He knows the whole plans and everything; when Jesus said “Whither I go, thou canst not follow now; but thou shalt follow afterwards.” this statement from the Lord was begging for Peter to trust with Him.

• It’s not God's will for Peter to follow Jesus through death into heaven then, but it would be later (21:18-19). Jesus' answer implied that Peter had asked his question so he could accompany Jesus wherever He was going. Peter's statement was an indirect expression of affection for and commitment to Jesus.

b. Our Master knows our total capacity as a servant/leader (vv.37-38).

• In v. 37 Peter resisted the idea of a separation from Jesus. Peter saith unto him, “Lord, why cannot I follow thee even now? I will lay down my life for thee.” He felt willing even to die with Him if necessary rather than experience separation from Him. Nevertheless Peter underestimated his own weakness and what Jesus' death entailed. Peter spoke of laying down his life for Jesus, but ironically Jesus would first lay down His life for Peter (cf. 10:15; 11:50-52). Peter's boast betrayed reliance on the flesh. Perhaps he protested so strongly to assure the other disciples that he was not the betrayer about whom Jesus had spoken earlier (v. 21).


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