Sermon Notes 2018 03 04 PM

March 04, 2018 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1830
#1 in series

THE UPPER ROOM: SPIRITUAL ATTITUDES
No One Is Greater Than His Master
John 13:1-20

Over the next few months, we are going to be studying John 13-17. These chapters give us a transition from the public ministry of Jesus to the night of private conversations He had with the disciples. In these chapters we will see:

1) The love of Jesus (13:3-5)

2) The hope of eternal life (14:1-3)

3) The promise of power (14:12)

4) The principle of believing prayer (14:13, 14)

5) The indwelling of the Spirit (14:16, 17)

6) The promise of guidance (14:26)

7) The promise of peace (14:27)

8) The principle of abiding (15:1-5)

9) The reality of persecution (15:18, 19)

10) The promise of joy in Jesus (15:11; 16:22)

BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT

“Unbelief is not a polite unwillingness to assent to some fact, but it is a flat refusal to listen to His truth and to acknowledge His claims.” – Merrell Tenney

The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) vary slightly about this night. John gives details the others don’t include, like the washing of the disciples’ feet. This is significant. In Luke 22, the disciples had recently argued about who was the greatest in the kingdom. You can’t ignore the contrast between their desires for greatness and the actions of Jesus as a servant.

I. THEIR ATTITUDES ADDRESSED

It was the custom of the time for a slave to wash the feet of guests. They were to remove the mud or dust from their feet before they entered the house. On this night, the minds of the disciples were on the coming kingdom. They were ready to fight for Jesus, but they weren’t ready to take up a towel. Right in the middle of supper, Jesus gets up to wash their feet. Perhaps, He was waiting to see if one of them would take the role of a servant, but since they didn’t, He took it Himself.

II. A LIFE THAT SERVES

Observations and Insights:

• Jesus got up from supper. (He had once gotten up from His throne in heaven to come to serve.)

• Jesus laid aside his garments. (Paul reminds us of his humility in Philippians 2:3-7.)

III. A LESSON TO BE LIVED OUT

“Writing from the perspective of sixty or seventy years after the event, John was still moved to indignation against Judas. When he thinks and writes about Judas it is with loathing. In his Gospel, perhaps more than in the others, we see Judas held up to view for the pitiable hypocrite, liar, thief and traitor John now knew him to have been.” – John Phillips