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 200.
Max Lucado said, “We will never be cleansed until we confess we are dirty. We will never be pure until we admit we are filthy. And we will never be able to wash the feet of those who have hurt us until we allow Jesus, the one we have hurt, to wash ours.”
In our last message, we touched on the fact that Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet was a highly potent symbol of what He was about to do on the cross. This symbolism was not lost on John who described Jesus’ actions in vivid details. Let’s work our way through what Jesus did.
First, Jesus rose from supper. The supper meal was eaten at a low, U-shaped table. People around the table reclined on cushions or thick mats as they ate. The position was one of comfort and relaxation, but Jesus left His position to serve others. In the same way, Jesus left the comfort, harmony, and happiness of Heaven to do a work of service and sacrifice on Earth.
Then, we read that Jesus “laid aside his garments.” The Lord laid aside his robe and any extraneous clothing, leaving only a simple tunic as other servants and day laborers wore. In the ancient near east, when a man was about to do some hard labor, he got rid of all his clothing except for the tunic (which was like a long shirt) and his sandles. This was so that he would not be encumbered in his task. Jesus was earnest and serious about washing the disciples’ feet. He wanted them to know just how seriously He took what He was about to do. He gave Himself completely to the task at hand.
In the same way, Jesus laid aside His glory when He came down to earth. He could have come with pomp and circumstance. He could have demanded that He be treated with great respect and waited upon by servants. But, no. Philippians 2:7 says He “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant.”
Third, we read that Jesus “took a towel and girded himself.” Again, this emphasizes the seriousness with which Jesus took the task He was about to do. Not only did He perform the act of a servant, He took upon Himself the clothing, the mannerisms, the attributes of a servant. As the incarnate Son of God, Jesus did not just come to Earth with His divine nature. But, He fully took upon Himself human flesh with all of its frailties. Philippians 2:8 says He was “found in fashion as a man.” Jesus was truly the Son of God and the Son of Man. Because He was God He could save us; because He was Man He could identify with us in our need for salvation.
Finally, we read that Jesus “poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.” Jesus’ love, compassion, and care for His disciples is shown in His actions — the pouring out of the water, the washing of the feet, and the drying of the feet with the towel. For some people, this would have been an extremely humiliating task — washing the dirty, dusty, calloused, stinking feet of grown men who had been walking in the heat for days or weeks, but it was not beneath our Lord.
Just as Jesus poured out the water to wash the feet of His sinful disciples, He poured out His blood on the cross to wash and cleanse the souls of sinful humanity. While foot-washing is a menial, dirty task, we think of it in wonder when we consider it done by God Himself. Just as God the Father knelt on the earth of the newly formed world and created man out of the dust of the ground, God the Son knelt under the weight of sin so that he could create new men out of old men, living men out of dead men, saved men out of sinful men.
Jesus willingly underwent humiliation so that you and I could be saved. He served us even though we are undeserving and even when we did not know what He had done. He sacrificed Himself knowing that we could choose to reject His gift. But I trust that you will not reject so great salvation. Here’s how you can be saved through Christ today.
John 3:16 states, “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.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 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.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. 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. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.