The Art of Servanthood!  / John 13 OVERVIEW
Delivered By
Dr. Tom Hover
Delivered On
January 9, 2022
The Art of Servanthood!  / John 13 OVERVIEW

The Art of Servanthood! 
Learning To Humbly Serve Others Like Jesus! John 13:1-17 
Introduction:  We can become “a humble servant,” but to do so, we must learn the lessons Jesus teaches us in these verses. Let’s consider these lessons together and think about Learning to Humbly Serve Others Like Jesus! 
John 13:4-5 
Several facts present themselves to us in these verses.
A.) Washing feet was slaves work John 13:6-8   
B) Jesus washed the feet of His disciples without being asked to do so. John 13:6-8
It was a breach of hospitality to fail to wash a guest’s feet: Luke 7:40-50 The disciples should have been falling all over one another to wash His feet, but it never entered their minds to serve Him. Apparently, they were all waiting for someone to serve them.
C.) Jesus served with no expectation of reward. 
D.) Jesus served the others with a willing heart. 
E.) Jesus served those who did not deserve to be served. Think about it. 
He washed the feet of Simon Peter, Judas, the other ten.? Jesus did what He did for a very specific purpose. 
F.) Most of us are like the disciples. 
G.) Most are willing to be served, but not too many are willing to serve others. 
Philippians 2:3-4, Romans 12:10, Matthew 6:2–4, Romans 12:3, John 12:26
H.) We are slaves!  John 13:16 
A.) Jesus rose from supper. John 13:4 “He riseth from supper,”
B.) Jesus laid aside His outer garment.  John 13:4 ".and laid aside his garments; ”Jesus had already laid aside His heavenly glory to be born in human flesh, Phil. 2:5–8.
C.) Jesus girded Himself with a towel.  
 John 13:4 “...and took a towel and girded himself.” 
D.) Jesus poured water into a basin to cleanse the dirty feet of His men.   John 13:5
E.) Jesus washed and dried the feet of the disciples.   John 13:5   This man was and is God Almighty in human flesh. He was and is the Lord of glory. He was and is the Creator of all things, Col. 1:16. He was and is God in human flesh, John 1:1, 14; Phil. 2:5–8; Col. 1:15; John 14:9. He was and is the Savior, Redeemer, and Deliverer of lost sinners, 1 Pet. 1:18–19. He was and is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, Rev. 19:16.
F.) The fact is serving others is not an option; it is a command!  In verse 14, Jesus says “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet”.
G.) We are never more like Jesus than when we are serving others.  In Luke 6:40, Jesus says, “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.”  James 4:10; 1 Pet. 5:5–6.
H.) Serving others is a recipe for happiness: John 13:17
John 13:1 The phrase “to the end” means “to perfection.” He loved them with as much love as He could give. He loved them with an infinite, unconditional, boundless love!
A.) His love for us explains everything He did for us. His love for us explains 2 Cor. 8:9, which says, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” 
B.) Just as love compelled the Savior to serve, our love for others should compel us to serve others for His glory.  I Corinthians 10:24,  Matthew 22:37- 40, I John 3:18.
Conclusion: A true servant doesn’t think about how he or she feels. A true servant looks at the needs around him and just does what needs to be done, without being asked; without expectation of reward; without expectation of thanks; with nothing more at heart than a desire to love and act like Jesus Christ.  That is what defines the people of the towel people who are involved in real Servanthood. Would you like to become a people True Servants?
# 1 Humble yourself before the Lord and submit to Him, making yourself available to Him for His use when and where He sees fit. John 5:19–20
# 2 Assume the place of a servant and to get to work. John 13:34-35   
Have you purchased The Peal of Great Price?  Matthew 13:44-46
That’s what it means to come to terms with Servanthood. Big Change Takes Place - You Are: Not a getter, but a giver. Not one who holds a grudge, but a forgiver. Not one who keeps score, but a forgetter. Not a superstar, but a servant. 

John 13
Everything in this chapter takes place in the Upper Room on the night before the crucifixion. John 13 may be divided into two major parts:
I. The Foot Washing by Jesus  John 13:1-20
1. The Introduction for the Foot Washing  John 13:1-3
2. The Implementing of the Foot Washing  John 13:4-11 
3. The Instructions After the Foot Washing  John 13:12-20
II. The Foretelling by Jesus  John 13:21-38
1. The Foretelling of the Betrayal  John 13:21-32 
2. The Foretelling of the Leaving John 13:32-35
3. The Foretelling of the Denial  John 13:36-38