THE LOCKER ROOM SPEECH
Pre-Game Series, Week 2
Sunday, March 13, 2016
As Jesus gathered with His disciples for a final meal before His betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion, He could have talked to them about anything.
3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. – John 13:3-5 (#751)
- Jesus was secure in Who He was, so He got up and served
- Jesus laid aside the robes of a Rabbi or teacher, and wraps a servant’s towel around His waist.
- Typically, the lowest slave in the household would wash the feet of guests.
- In Luke 22 (#735) we find out that the disciples were arguing about who was the greatest among them.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” 9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” 10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. – John 13:6-12 (#751)
- “Do you understand what I have done for you?” – What a powerful question!
- Jesus wasn’t talking about His action; He was talking about His attitude.
13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. – John 13:13-17 (#751)
- Jesus wanted to remind them that greatness in His kingdom looked different than greatness in the kingdoms they were used to seeing.
- Jesus knew the actions of their lives would speak louder than their words ever could.
- We live and lead like Jesus when we leverage what God has given us for the benefit of others.
What does it mean to serve?
- It means choosing to use the thing we have been entrusted with for others rather than focusing on ourselves.
- That’s true for us individually and it’s true for us corporately at Journey.
- No on “just does” anything at Journey.
Where is God asking YOU to pick up the servant’s towel?
- At work? At home? At school? At Journey? In your community?
- Where do you need to set aside your title, your position, your income or educational level, your role – and serve someone else?