March 18, 2018 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1832
#2 in series
THE UPPER ROOM SERIES: SPIRITUAL ATTITUDES
The Time Has Come
In light of the Old Testament, John 13: 1-5 is significant on multiple levels. When Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, He took a basin of water, which should have jogged a memory for them as He began to speak. In the court of the temple were two objects that all worshipers would notice immediately: the brazen altar and the laver. The laver was kept full of clean water for the constant washing commanded by the Levitical code. The writer of Hebrews picks up on this in 10:22, “Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” In some ways, Jesus is picturing what is ahead: first the laver (the washing), then the altar (the cross).
When you study all four Gospels regarding the last night of Jesus’ earthly ministry, you find some remarkable predictions or prophecies from the lips of Christ. All of them came true! He predicts…
• __ (John 13:36, 37)
• __ (Luke 22:31, 32)
• __ (Matthew 26:31, 32; Mark 14:27,28)
• __ (Matthew 26:33-35; Mark 14:29-31; Luke 22:33, 34; John 13:38)
The Upper Room plays an important part in the story of Jesus and the early days of the Church. It could have been the home of the mother of John Mark (Acts 12:12). It could have been the same upper room in which our Lord appeared in resurrection (Luke 24; John 20). It could have been the place where the early disciples met (Acts 1:13). We don’t know for certain, but it’s probable those present at the time would have known which room was being written about.
1) Jesus wants them to __. (15:11)
2) Jesus doesn’t want them to be __. (16:1)
3) Jesus wants them to __. (16:4)
4) Jesus wants them to have __. (16:33)
I. THE HOUR OF HIS BETRAYAL
II. THE HOUR FOR HIS DISCIPLES
“Love is the supreme test, not only of the Church, but of the individual. It has been the mistake of every age to make faith rather than love the test of Christianity. . . . The whole endeavor of the mediaeval Church was to reduce the followers of Christ to a uniformity of belief. And in our own time, a man is permitted by consent to be grasping after money, imperious in temper, uncharitable in speech, without losing position in the Church, so long as he assents to all the clauses of an orthodox creed.” – F. B. Meyer
The new paradigm for Jesus followers:
III. THE HOUR OF TRUTH FOR SIMON PETER
“Peter was not a hypocrite. He was honest and sincere, but he knew very little at that point of Satan’s power and subtlety, or of the weakness and deceitfulness of his own heart. Within twenty-four hours he denied with oaths and curses that he had even known the Lord! As he sat at the table in the upper room, his great failure was presumption.” – T. Ernest Wilson
What do we need to learn?
John MacArthur says there are four aspects to this failure on Peter’s part: