God made Dirt and Dirt dont hurt! Or does it
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Delivered By
Brian Winburn
Delivered On
March 11, 2018
Central Passage
John 13:1-11

Do you ever struggle with whether you are saved or not? You think you are saved, but your actions cause doubt. The endless cycle of feeling like you were never saved leads to you never growing in Holiness.  

Sermon Notes, not a transcript

John 13:1-5 1Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him

What Jesus knows: His hour had come, that Judas is going to betray Him, that the Father had given all things into His hands.

When you know the Father you can live boldly

When we know the Father it allows us to walk in grace and humility. Jesus could walk, not in arrogance or pride of knowing when the end was coming, but rather freely in a state of appreciation for the Father’s protection.

You can love those that hate you

He knew His accuser. He walked with him for 3 years and did not mistreat Judas. That is amazing to me. Here a case in God demonstrates how we should treat those within the church walls that are filled with pride and arrogance. Only wanting things their way and not according to God’s will.

You never let the present ruin the glory

In Jesus’ hands was everything. All power and dominion. He lacked nothing and yet He is humble and obedient to the Father. In the present, Jesus had it all, but there was glory to come. Jesus knew that suffering was on the way, within 30 hours, but that glory awaited Him.

We know that Jesus loves us

Love is not emotion or feeling. It can effect both of those, but it is not those things. Love is glorifying God by doing what is best for others. When God provides the best, He receives the glory for it. Jesus loved the disciples and us. His love is what is going to be the foundation of what He is about to do.

We also know that we are born of God, that one day we will spend eternity with Him, that we have it all in Christ, and finally our short afflictions don’t compare to spend eternity with God.

John 13:6-11 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet,a but is completely clean. And youb are clean, but not every one of you.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

We know from Luke 22 that the disciples were fighting for supremacy.

1 thing to see is that being saved and living a holy life are separate to a degree. Certainly if all we do is live in sin, then we must ask if we ever believed in Jesus. Yet, those who are saved, must be careful not to defile themselves while being in the world but not of it.

Every time the word wash is mentioned it means to clean a part, but in verse 10 the word wash means to bathe all over.

V8 why is it important for us to cleanse our feet? Why is this so big that Jesus tells Peter without it, you can’t have Jesus?

Jesus is saying that to have communion with me, you must cleanse yourself of all the things that defile you. We often see Jesus as Savior, but do you also see Him as removing the things that can defile you?

Exodus 29:4 describes when a Priest is consecrated for the first time, he is bathed all over. He is never consecrated again. It is a one time deal. Yet, throughout the daily ministry, the priest would be defiled, come in contact with sinful things. Exodus 30:18-21 tell us how they are constantly washing their hands and feet to prevent becoming defiled.

Leadership seeks to remove the dirt/defilement from our lives

  • One of the hardest things to do as leadership is to identify defilement and remove it, but those that are covered in it are going to fight you.

Followers don’t determine how to remove defilement, they follow leadership.

  • In our pride we will often seek to change God’s ways all in the name of humility, when really it is the rejection of grace, God’s plan, and His son.

Not everyone here is saved. Not everyone is clean. Some are whitewashed tombs. On the outside you have made yourself to appear as if you are clean and holy, but on the inside you have rejected God’s Son, grace and plan.

Isaiah 65 and Micah 7 God restores and forgives, but never removes the judgement of the dirt.

How can Judas be with Jesus 3 years and not be saved? The same way we can walk away from this passage and not seek to be washed by Jesus.

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