Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Humility and Servanthood (LS01)

          'Last Sermon of Jesus'

John 13:1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
    Before His impending death, and out of His dying love for us, our Lord gave His ultimate instructions to His disciples, We must obey them at all cost for it is the route to His blessings, peace, security, abundant lives, protections, and eternal rewards.
    With the help of the Holy Spirit, we will discern His teachings in John 13-16. With that we can gauge our present spiritual conditions and turn from our worldly ways to be led by the Holy Spirit by keeping His words.

Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
    Jesus, the Almighty God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth humbled Himself by being born in the stable among animals and became an obedient servant sentenced to death.

John 13:5-7 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You washing my feet?" Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this."
    He demonstrated His servanthood again by washing His disciples' feet. Before anything else, can we lower ourselves to serve others? Brethren, bring yourselves down to the level of your friends, employees, sheep, poor brethren and children to enjoy their fellowship and you will be surprised at how God bless you with His peace, joy and comfort.
    The moment we crucify our old man through humility, our spiritual man will be able to manifest His gifts, empowerment and anointing thus bringing glory to His Name.
John 13:13-15,17 "You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you... If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them."

Mat 20:26-28 "Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."