HOW TO WASH FEET  
John 13:1-15

March 28, 2021 – Palm Sunday
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

 

INTRODUCTION

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John 13:1-3  It was just before the Passover Feast.  Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father.  Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love.  2 The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.  3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God.

 

1. AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY THAT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER IS WILLING TO HUMBLE ITSELF  (John 13:1-3)

A. Jesus was fully aware of who He was.

– 1. He knew He was God in flesh.  

– 2. He knew that God the Father had put all things under His power and that He was soon going to be returning to His Throne in Heaven.

– 3. He knew Judas would betray Him, Peter would deny Him, and Thomas would doubt Him.

B. John 13:4  (Jesus) took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist, poured water into a bowl and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.

C. The closer you get to the Throne of God, the less you worry about how others view your status.

 

2. AUTHENTIC LOVE THAT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER IS WILLING TO LOVE THE UNLOVELY.  (John 13:2).

John 13:2  The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.

 

3. AUTHENTIC LOVE THAT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER DELAYS PERSONAL NEEDS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OTHERS.

A. Jesus expressed His love by meeting their need at a time when His own need was greater.

– 1. If you need your feet washed, wash someone else’s – if need to be blessed – first become a blessing to someone else.

– 2. Luke 6:38  Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

 

4. JESUS COMMANDED HIS DISCIPLES TO DO THE SAME FOR EACH OTHER. (John 13:12-15)

A. John 13:12-15  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.  13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.  14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

B. Look around you – there are plenty of feet that need to be washed…

– 1. Dragging feet

– 2. Dirty feet

– 3 Beautiful feet

– 4. Feet that need help

– 5. Parent, child, husband, wife

– 6. Hurting feet