April 25/John 13

Verses 1-5 > If you had to choose one item that would best describe you what would that item be? Jesus grabbed at towel.

The job of washing feet fell to the lowest servant in a household. When people came to visit there feet would be dusty from walking on dirt roads in sandals. As a common courtesy of the household the head of the house hold would have his servant wash the guests feet.

Remember Jesus is God. Jesus created the world and everything in it and yet to describe himself he grabs a towel. He came to serve us! The ultimate service would be when he died for us on the cross; a punishment we deserved for our sins. Jesus was and is sinless. He was spotless. He was pure. The clean one grabs a towel and kneels down and washes the disciples feet. This was ‘Show and Tell’ time for Jesus. He showed them how to serve and he told them if they were going to be his disciples it would require service. It would require that they lay down their lives for each other. Following Jesus was not about being ordering people around it was going around helping others win at life by introducing them to Jesus and the best way to do this is to serve them.

And of course this example was written down for us also. If people are going to meet the real Jesus they will meet him through our serving them. Remember that old saying, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Once they know that you care for them they may be willing to hear what you know about Jesus.

Verses 12-15 > Jesus says that the student is not greater than the teacher. We are the students. If we refuse to serve we are saying with our refusal that we are greater than Jesus. Jesus said that he was setting an example for us to follow. It doesn’t take great intellect to figure out the example but it takes great humility to carry out that example.

Luke 22:27 (NLT) — 27 Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.

In God’s kingdom the really important people serve!

This is an election year in the United States. Politicians are elected to office to serve the people. Most of them make promises to serve us before they get elected and then after they get elected most of them serve themselves! If you don’t believe me look at their retirement packages and look at their health care. Both are much better than the average American who they claim to be serving. They have served us by getting us into trillions of dollars of debt. The two major parties each have and animal symbol to represent the party; one has donkey and the other an elephant. Would it be great if they both had a _________? Yes you guessed it, a towel!

If you are willing to serve it will cost you your life. If you are unwilling to serve, like Judas, it will also cost you your life. Ponder that those two statements for awhile.

Luke 9:24 (NLT) — 24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

Judas tried to hang on to his non-serving life and he lost it. If you give up your non-serving life for Jesus’ sake you will save it. In other words you lay aside your selfishness for Jesus to serve others and you will have eternal life.

Verse 35 > How do we prove to someone that we are disciples of Jesus? Jesus said it would be by our outward show of love or service. What kind of love or service would that be > to the point of death just like Jesus. Death to selfishness. What will you do today to model Jesus to someone?

Let’s just concentrate on the word ‘wash’ as an act of service. Jesus washed the disciples feet. Could we wash our neighbors window or car? Could you wash the dishes or clothes at home? Or the windows, nursery toys, and kitchen towels at Hilltop? Dad or Mom perhaps you could wash each others feet and the feet of your children as a real live object lesson of serving. Important people in God’s family wash!

If you could pick one object to describe you what would it be?


Be Inspired Hilltop!




  1. Daniel Mueller says

    Sorry about the lateness of this blog. It was done I just forgot to put it out.

  2. Mark Gundersen says

    Peter continues to talk the talk but is not ready yet to walk the walk. He first did not want Jesus to serve him and then feels if a little is good, a lot is better. After being directed in the right attitude by Jesus he shows bravado, by stating he will follow Jesus to death, when actually he will deny him. Peter will get it right and serve God but needs to grow up first. We also need to grow into the servant attitude.