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Summary: It's easy to be concerned about where we fit into the Kingdom of God, but we need to trust that God has prepared a unique, marvelous room for us.

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I. Introduction

a. Any identity thieves?

i. Jon Mark Lipka

ii. Born XXXX

iii. Moved to xxxx

iv. Moved to xxxx.

v. Ordained deacon September 20, 2003, and priest June 2, 2007

vi. Married…oh, wait, not yet!

vii. That’s where I’ve come from.

b. Where I’m going, who knows?

i. Every time I think that I have a handle on the direction of my life, it seems that somebody like to stir the pot and keep me guessing.

ii. You know, if Jesus is indeed “the Lover of my soul,” he certainly makes sure that I to His bosom fly, and frequently at that.

iii. Ultimately I am “looking forward to the city with foundations whose architect and builder is God” (Heb. 11:10).

c. Well that’s where I come from and where I’m going.

i. What’s my place? Where do I belong? Somewhere in between.

ii. All of this, we see in tonight’s Gospel.

iii. And there’s a caution sign for us.

d. We can miss out on—or outright refuse—God’s grace due to our insecurity about our place in His kingdom.

i. Insecurity over where we’re from, where we’re going, when we get there, how we can accomplish it.

II. Jesus wasn’t insecure about His place in the Kingdom, and He accepted the entirety of the Father’s will.

a. “Jesus knew that the time had come for him to…go to the Father” (Jn. 13:1b).

i. Jesus knew what was His destination. The Father was Jesus’ goal.

ii. Jesus knew the time for His departure. The time was now come.

b. “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power…” (Jn. 13:3a).

i. Jesus knew His place and status with the Father (and all creation).

c. “…and that he had come from the God and was returning to God…” (Jn.13:3b).

i. Jesus knew what was His origin and destination.

d. “Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world…” (Jn. 13:1a).

i. The world was not Jesus’ destination.

ii. The world was the place where His work would be carried out.

iii. His work would take Him back to the Father.

iv. Jesus’ return to the Father reopened the path for us to God.

e. “Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love” (Jn. 13:1c).

i. Jesus didn’t merely stop in for a cup of tea.

ii. Jesus came out of love.

1. Jn. 3:17 “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

2. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (Jn. 13:34).

f. Jesus didn’t allow His relationship with the Father to interfere with His service to others—a service of love—because He knew where He came from and where He was headed.

III. We, like Peter, sometimes aren’t so sure about our place in the Kingdom, about our relationship to God.

a. The eleven (including Judas) allowed Jesus to wash their feet silently.

i. Perhaps Jesus’ action left them speechless. Shame certainly would have been in order.


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