Summary: This sermon helps us see how people who are truly servants of God are willing to humble themselves and serve others.

Having A Servant’s Heart

John 13:1-17

[1] Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

[2] And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;

[3] Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

[4] He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

[5] After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

[6] Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

[7] Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

[8] Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

[9] Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. [10] Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

[11] For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

[12] So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

[13] Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

[14] If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

[15] For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

[16] Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

[17] If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

Just a few minutes ago…

We received the Lord’s Supper.

But before Jesus gave the bread and the cup to His disciples…

The Bible tells us He taught them some very valuable lessons.

Today…we will look at the first lesson.

Jesus was preparing these men to take over the ministry.

After dying on the cross for the sins of mankind…

Jesus would be resurrected from the dead.

Then Jesus would spend the next 40 days…

Appearing to certain people to prove His victory over the grave.

After that…Jesus would ascend into heaven.

So…who was going to take over?

Who was going to tell the world about the Savior?

Who was going to become the leaders of the early church?

The answer?


James the son of Alpheaus…Simon the zealot…Philip…

Bartholomew…and Thaddaeus.

And what was the first thing they needed to learn…

before Jesus turned over the Gospel ministry to them?

To Be A Humble Servant!

Look again at John 13:1

"Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come.

John tells us of 4 things that Jesus knew.

1. He knew that His hour had come.

2. He knew that the Father had given all things in His hands. vs.3

3. He knew that He had come from God and was going back to God. vs.3

4. He knew who it was who would betray Him. vs. 11

Let’s think about that first thing Jesus knew.


He knew that His hour had come.

His first reference to His hour

was to his mother at the wedding in Cana

at the beginning of His public ministry.

He said to her, "My hour has not yet come."

What hour is He referring to?

First…The hour He was to glorify the Father

by His death and resurrection.

Second…The hour that He was to leave this world and go to the Father.

Jesus had such a keen sense of timing, God’s timing.

This is an area where we often fail miserably.

We are so prone to get ahead of God.

We are so impatient and ready to rush into things

or try to move things along ahead of schedule.

And sometimes we drag along behind God.

We have other things that we want to do first.

We put off the things of God until a more convenient time.

We all need to pray

that God will make us more sensitive to His timing.


Having loved His own,

He loved them unto the end.

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