It’s All Good
Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
Continuing the “Mobilize” series, today we read a well-known story from John 13.
In this famous passage, Jesus and the disciples are in the upper room to celebrate Passover together. They would soon have what we often call “the last supper” together, since this was Jesus’ last meal before he was crucified. But before all that happened, an important piece of the Passover feast was missing; there was no servant to wash everyone’s feet!
This sounds strange to us. Why was it so necessary to have clean feet? First, this was not a meal eaten at a normal table like we’re used to. This was a reclining meal, without chairs, where people basically leaned up next to a low table with their elbow on a cushion. This is a situation in which feet could have easily been in the face of another person. Second, since the sandal was the footwear of the time, and since everyone had just walked through the dirty, dusty streets, everyone would have dusty, smelly feet in their faces while trying to eat the most important meal of the year. GROSS.
So what happened? Jesus got up, and to all the disciples’ surprise, washed all of their feet. This was a job reserved for the lowest servant, yet Jesus humbled himself and performed this lowly task. In verses 12-17 we can read what happened next:
“When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them. ‘You call me “Teacher” and “Lord,” and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13:12-17
In this moment, Jesus set the precedent and expectation that following Him looks like being a servant. And this is why we are mobilizing next week – we want to take these words seriously and be servants in our community, specifically schools. Have you signed up to serve yet? If not, let me encourage you to visit our Mobilize page and get involved! We are trading in our services next week for serving the schools, so the time to sign up is now!
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
John 13:3-5; John 13:12-17; Luke 6:46; 1 John 2:5-6; Deuteronomy 6:6-7
“You can tell whether you are becoming a servant by how you act when people treat you like one.” Gordon MacDonald
“A salty pagan, full of the juices of life, is a hundred times dearer to God, and also far more attractive to men, than a scribe who knows his Bible … in whom none of this results in repentance, action, and above all, death of the self. A terrible curse hangs over the know-it-all who does nothing.” — Helmut Thielicke
“I want to be humble, but what if nobody notices?” John Ortberg
You Move – Central Music
This I Believe (The Creed) – Hillsong Music
What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Music
O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship