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Summary: To be like Jesus is to Serve. To serve is to be willing to “WASH DIRTY FEET.”

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“DIRTY FEET”

JOHN 13:1-17

JULY 30, 2000

INTRODUCTION:

TRANSITION SENTENCE: To be like Jesus is to Serve. To serve is to be willing to “WASH DIRTY FEET.”

How COULD Jesus wash Dirty Feet?

I. WE MUST KNOW WHO WE ARE/ JESUS KNEW WHO HE WAS (vs. 3)

A. Jesus knew His origin

1. He had come from God/ He had remembered his up bringing

2. Jesus remembered From whence He came. From the Glory of God.

B. Jesus knew His destination:

1. “Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father (vs. 1).” “And was returning to God (vs. 3).”

2. Jesus knew what He came to do and knew how it was to end and to where he was returning.”

C. Jesus knew His authority:

1. “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power (V. 3),” 2. Jesus was well aware of what was happening and what His soon Death would bring.

Bottom line here is that Jesus had His being and Foundation in God. He knew he belong to God totally. He knew that He was fulfilling God’s will and that Regardless of all the soon coming circumstances, He was going to be with the Father once more and Forever.

If we are ever going to “Wash Dirty Feet,” it will be because we know we belong to the Father and that our being and foundation are in Him and that it doesn’t matter what happens to us in this life, for when it is over we will spend an eternity with Him!

ILLUSTRATION:

How COULD Jesus wash Dirty Feet?

II. JESUS KNEW HIS GOAL/ WE MUST KNOW OUR GOAL (v. 1)

A. Jesus’ Goal was love

1. Having Loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.

2. For Jesus Love had to be more than words, LOVE IS A VERB.

B. Love as defined by Jesus was setting aside his glory to serve.

1. “Jesus took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash is disciples feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him (v. 4-5).”

2. Jesus explains it to us: “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life... (John 10:17).”

3. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).”

4. The Apostle Paul puts it this way, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and become obedient to death -- even death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8)!”

5. Jesus goal was to demonstrate Love, regardless of the Cost.

6. Even if it meant that God himself would dawn a towel and “WASH DIRTY FEET.” Can you imagine, the God of all creation, “WASHING DIRTY FEET?”

C. If we are ever to reveal the Love of God, We must be willing to be like Jesus and “WASH DIRTY FEET.” To be Christ like, to be a Christian, to be like Jesus, is to “WASH DIRTY FEET.” IT IS THE GOAL OF LOVE!

ILLUSTRATION:

How COULD Jesus wash Dirty Feet?

III. JESUS KNEW WHAT IT MEANT/ WE MUST KNOW WHAT IT MEANS

Peter could not understand it and possibly some of us today cannot comprehend what Jesus was doing, but let us let Jesus explain as He did to Peter.


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