TEXT: John 13:1-5
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.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 199.
R.V.G. Tasker said, “It was not in spite of but because of Jesus’ consciousness of His divine origin and destination, that He rose from supper, and assumed the dress and posture of a slave. A servant in truth He was, being none other than the ideal Servant delineated in Isaiah’s prophecy.”
In the first three verses of this chapter, John has set the scene for what is about to take place: The world is on the brink of the ultimate defining moment. God-as-Man, holding all the authority of the universe in His hands, stands on the precipice of death. The most important thing that had ever happened in the history of the world is about to play out. The opposing forces of light and darkness are present in the room where Jesus and His disciples are eating supper. The air must have been thick with foreboding. Unlike the wedding at Cana or the dinner in honor of Lazarus’ resurrection, one does not get the sense that this is a celebratory gathering.
In verse 4, John provides a very precise description of Jesus’ actions. As he did not write it down until years later, we get the sense that this event left a great impression on John because of the highly detailed narrative. He says, “He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 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.”
Jesus’ actions were very potent for two reasons: First, because no one — not even the disciples present in the room — would imagine Jesus washing someone’s feet. Foot-washing was customary in Jewish homes because people wore sandals and the roads were hot and dusty, but it was a task left for the lowest of the servants. In homes that did not have servants, people washed their own feet. According to Jewish traditions about the relationship between a rabbi and his students, the rabbi could not even demand that one of the students wash his feet. So, imagine the shock and embarrassment the disciples felt when God in the flesh, who had all power in His hands, stooped down to wash the feet of his own disciples.
The second reason why Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet was so powerful is because it was an object lesson for the disciples. Luke’s Gospel informs us that just before this dinner, the disciples had been arguing about who was the greatest among them. This was likely spurred on by the fact that, at the dinner, those who sat to the right and left of the host were considered to be in the places of highest honor. The disciples were jostling for position at the last moment. None of them were interested in washing each other’s feet. They would not have even offered to wash Jesus’ feet. But Jesus washed their feet.
About this event, Mark Tinijum wrote:
The Master had preached about servanthood,
That for righteousness they should all thirst,
While those at the table were quarreling,
About glory and who would be first.
They thought He would ring in the kingdom,
Through force and a mighty right hand,
But He gave them much more to think about,
While He taught them of God’s holy plan.
The men He had chosen had much to learn,
And the Master a short time to teach,
So He decided to get their attention,
By His actions and not by His speech.
His actions shocked them to silence,
What they witnessed beyond their belief,
It was a lesson they would never forget,
As they looked on in stunned disbelief.
At this moment, Jesus showed just how much He loved His disciples. He could have again rebuked them verbally and given them another lecture or parable about what it means to be one of His servants. But Jesus knew that actions spoke louder than words. So, Jesus took it upon Himself to show them what being a servant really looks like.
Philippians 2:5-7 says that “Jesus, being in the form of God, made himself of no reputation, and took upon himself the form of a servant…” The humble act of washing the feet of the disciples was a fitting prelude to the humiliation of the cross. Tony Reinke said, “Jesus lowered himself into the position of a lowly slave, he served like a slave, he washed the disciples’ feet like a lowest-of-the-low slave, because ultimately he was preparing to die the dehumanizing death of a slave.”
Jesus stooped low to wash the disciples feet, and by going to the cross, He stooped even lower to save you and me. Jesus willingly became a servant unto death so that we would not have to be lost forever.
Here is how you can trust Jesus Christ as your Savior right now.
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.