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John 13- Washing Feet

He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? John 13:4-6

Jesus is coming to the end of his ministry, as him and his disciples were gathered together to share the Passover meal , which would turning into the Lord’s Supper (Communion) but before Jesus departed he had another lesson to teach them

Imagine Jesus, the Son of God, washing your feet! This is an unthinkable act of humility and love. God, who became Flesh, is now washing our feet, this is a demonstration of real leadership. Notice Jesus never asked his disciples to do anything he didn’t already do! 

Peter is in almost shock, as he realizes that his Lord and God is going to wash his filthy and wretched feet

Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. John 13:7-9

Jesus tells Peter “You don’t understand what I’m doing right now, but someday you will” Isn’t that the same for us all? How many times do we read something in the Bible or  experience something, and we just don’t understand how God is working? Then later, as we continue to grow in The Lord, it makes perfect sense!

At first Peter refuses to have his feet washed by Jesus, probably because of embarrassment or unworthiness, however as Jesus insists, he wants Jesus to cleanse him entirely! Doesn’t this describe our walk with Christ? We are so ashamed of our sin, but once we know Jesus will forgive us, we want him to must us Born Again!

Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? John 13:10-12

Jesus revealed “Not all of you are Born Again” of course Jesus was referring to Judas, who will betray Christ. But notice Jesus is applying this physical washing with a spiritual lesson

Secondly Jesus asks his disciples a question “Do you know what I have done for you”? What a great question, do you understand what Jesus did for you? I don’t think many totally comprehend what Christ did for us! 

Remember everything Jesus did, he did to redeem us from the eternal grave. He made us reborn so we may live with Him forever Amen!

John 12- Hardened Hearts

But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:  That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. John 12:37-41

Why do people reject God? Why do people reject Jesus as the Christ? Well Jesus reveals its not because of a lack of evidence. People reject Jesus because of the hardness of their hearts and their spiritual blindness. People don’t reject God because of evidential reasons, as Jesus performed many miracles yet many people still rejected him

The prophet Isaiah foretold about this, the interesting thing is Jesus said Isaiah actually saw Jesus and was speaking of him when he foretold about these prophecies over 700 years before Christ came to Earth. Jesus was here from the beginning, the Alpha and Omega, all the prophets of the Old Testament are speaking about Jesus

Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. John 12:42-43

Many of the religious leaders believed in Jesus, many believed He is the Messiah, but yet they openly rejected him in public, why? Because they cared more about the approval of others than they cared about God and truth. 

We think about Nicodemus from Chapter 3, did he publicly confess Jesus as the Son of God? Some would argue that point, however there wasn’t much evidence for it. Even though Jesus clearly revealed everything to him. The religious leaders knew the Messianic prophecies in scripture, many of them had to reject Christ with full knowledge of God

Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. John 12:44-46

Anyone who rejects Jesus rejects God. The religious leaders who believe they are righteous are actually condemned. Where did they go wrong? How could people who dedicated their lives to study scripture be so wrong? Because their hearts are hard and they care more about the approval of people than the approval of God

Anyone who rejects Christ is without excuse (Romans 1) God has supplied mountains of evidence for his existence , don’t harden your heart, allow your eyes and ears to be spiritually opened to receive Jesus , Amen!

John 12- The King Is Coming

On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. John 12:12-13

This event that we are looking at today , is commonly known as “Palm Sunday” as tradition in the Church. This is the day when Jesus will fulfill prophecy and declare that He is the King of Kings, that He is the Messiah. 

This obviously came at a very pivotal time in Israels history, as they were under persecution from the Roman Empire. Many Jews had hopes that Jesus was a great military leader that would wipe out the Romans and restore the nation of Israel. However they didn’t understand the Messiah, and they didn’t understand that Jesus was bringing a New Covenant, to allow Jews and Gentiles into Gods Kingdom as His Children, even Romans

And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt. These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him. John 12:14-16

Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah, as the Messiah would come to Jerusalem riding on a donkey, but why a donkey? If Jesus was King, wouldn’t He be riding on a big white horse? Jesus came as the Lamb, to save the world from its sin. The donkey is symbolic of peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) Jesus didn’t come at this time to judge the world, but to save it!

The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him. John 12:17-19

People remembered the miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Remember Jesus said He allowed Lazarus to die to bring Glory to God. What was first seen as a tragedy, was now used for Gods Glory to affirm who Jesus is, The King and Messiah!

Palm Sunday also gives us a glimpse of the future, as one day Jesus will return again, but this time not as the Lamb but as the Lion! Are you ready?

The King is Coming again, everyone repent and be prepared , keep your lamps lits for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords , Amen!

John 12- The Anointing

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. John 12:1-3

Jesus came back to the town of Bethany , the same place where He raised Lazarus from the dead. Martha and Mary decided to throw a feast for Jesus, obviously in honor of who He is and what He did for their family. 

What happened next, was actually prophetic and Mary probably didn’t even realize it. Mary took a pound of ointment (perfume) and used it to wash Jesus’ feet. Not only did she wash his feet, but she used her own hair to clean them. The love and sacrifice she demonstrated to Jesus , was pure genuine faith

Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. John 12:4-6

Now to ruin this beautiful moment was Judas Iscariot, as we know he is the one who sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus has called Judas “The Son of Perdition” (John 17:12) and it was better he was never born (Matthew 26:24) 

Judas made it seem he cared about providing money to the poor, when He was stealing all the disciples money for the treasury. This demonstrated the true heart of Judas, He was a fraud, pretending to be a disciple. We see this alot today in modern day Christianity, alot of wolves in sheeps clothing

Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always. John 12:7-8

Jesus rebuked Judas in front of everyone, this must have been a real embarrassment for Judas. During this time period and culture, women were looked down upon compared to men. So for Jesus to stick up for Mary over Judas was probably a shot to Judas ego

Secondly Jesus reveals a prophecy, that Mary was anointing him for his death. I think it’s very fitting this happened right before Passover, as Jesus is our Passover Lamb. This moment revealed multiple things and was remembered forever as Jesus said it would be

We need to examine ourselves and make sure we are not becoming a Judas, don’t be a fake disciple of Christ, all our deeds are filthy rags compared to Christ, remain humble in Jesus name Amen!

John 11- Raising Lazarus Part 3

When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! John 11:33:-36

Here we see one of the most powerful moments of Jesus ministry, as Mary wept for her brother Lazarus, so did Jesus. This demonstrates the human side of Jesus, he was fully God and fully Man. He felt the same emotions that we feel, he experienced the same agony as us, actually Jesus would experience more pain, emotionally and physically, than any other human in history

It’s clear Jesus loved Lazarus, Martha, and Mary, as well as Jesus loves us! Even though we were still sinners, Christ died for us and demonstrated his love for us on the cross (Romans 5:8)

And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. John 11:37-39

Some started to challenge Jesus deity, “If this guy is the Christ, why didn’t heal Lazarus”? The ignorance of these people didn’t realize, God had something bigger in store. God was going to use the Resurrection of Lazarus” as a platform to Glorify Jesus and verify to the world who He truly is!

Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. John 11:40-43

Jesus said “If you believe You will see the Glory of God”! As Jesus asked the question previously, “Do you believe”? Jesus said a prayer to the Father and shouted “Lazarus come forth”!

Whenever I think of that moment, I think of the moment Jesus called us by name and brought us back to life. The moment we came to Christ and became Born Again. Even though this event was physical, I think there is a spiritual demonstration here for us

And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. John 11:44-45

The voice of Christ raised Lazarus from the dead. Notice it was nothing Lazarus did on his own behalf, Jesus called him by name and made him reborn! Many believed after witnessing this event

If you are Born Again, many will believe by your testimony also! Tell everyone what Jesus did for you, Amen! 

John 11- Raising Lazarus Part 2

Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. John 11:21-23

Now as we continue to look at the Resurrection of Lazarus, we see Jesus and his disciples finally made it Bethany. Lazarus has now been dead for 4 days, Martha then tells Jesus “If you would have been here, Lazarus would not have died”  Isn’t this a common reaction we all have in tragedy? We blame God for everything that goes wrong, do we give him thanks for everything that goes right?

Jesus assures Martha, Lazarus will live again. Now Martha believed Jesus was referring to the final Resurrection coming (obviously she was a believer) However what she didn’t realize was Jesus was going to raise Lazarus from the dead right now to demonstrate the Glory of God

Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? John 11:24-26

Here again Jesus reveals another I AM statement, “ I AM the Resurrection” remember this is Jesus revealing his deity as the Great I AM revealed to Moses. But notice also if Jesus is The Resurrection, there is no eternal life outside of Christ. Jesus asks Martha a question “Do you believe this”? Jesus asking  you the same question today, “Do you believe Jesus is the Resurrection?”

She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. John 11:27-30

Notice the faith of Martha, she declares “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” Martha was obviously a believer. Remember what Jesus said “Faith the size of a Mustard Seed can Move Mountains “ (Matthew 17:20) We are about to see something that is supernatural, that defies all the laws and logic of nature

Martha told her sister Mary, The Master has come! Yes Jesus our Lord has come to give us eternal life, Do you believe this?

John 11- Raising Lazarus Part 1

Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.John 11:1-4

We are about to learn about what of the historic moments of Jesus ministry, the resurrection of Lazarus. The first thing to note is that Jesus was very close with this family, Mary , Lazarus’ sister, was the one who anointed Jesus with the expensive perfume and washed his feet with her hair. This family had a deep relationship with Jesus, so the death of Lazarus was personal for Jesus

Jesus was going to use this moment to bring Glory to God and demonstrate who He is, the Messiah. Jesus even hesitated at visiting the family, probably to make sure every knew that Lazarus was physically dead and there was no medical miracle that was going to bring him back

Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? John 11:5-8

There was still another obstacle, the religious leaders were looking to kill Jesus anytime they had the chance. These blind guides still didn’t realize that the Son of God had the power and authority to lay down or raise his own life. They personally couldn’t kill Jesus, unless it was the appointed time by God, yes God was still in control as always

Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. John 11: 9-11

Jesus using a metaphor with the darkness and daylight. As he revealed Jesus is “The light of the world” anyone walking outside of Christ is walking in darkness. Jesus prophecies that he is going to “awake Lazarus” , the disciples at this point though Lazarus was just asleep. However Jesus knew he was dead and was going to bring him back to life, to affirm who He is

Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. John 11:12-15

Jesus revealed to his disciples that Lazarus was dead. He makes an interesting comment “I’m glad I was not there” why? Remember Jesus had great love and compassion for Lazarus and his family. Jesus probably would have just healed him on the spot

However God was using this moment to reveal who he is “I AM the Resurrection” We all need to be spiritually reborn by Christ, anyone wanting eternal life must come to Jesus Amen!

John 10 – The Deity of Christ

Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. John 10:24-26

The Jews surrounded Jesus and wanted him to tell them if he was the Messiah. Jesus’ response was “You would know me by my works” Point is if these people really knew God , they would recognize his Son. But the fact that they can’t recognize Jesus is the Messiah, shows their spiritual blindness and hardness of their hearts

Jesus references his Sheep again, as we just went over Jesus is The Good Shepherd and we are his Sheep. True followers know the Messiah’s voice and He knows us by name. There is no confusion on who Jesus is to those who are his Sheep

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:27-29

Jesus declares He gives us eternal life and nobody can pluck us out of His hands. Its important to remember this, as many heretics claim you can “lose your salvation”, The Good Shepherd won’t allow his Sheep to be removed from his presence, and He gives us eternal life!

I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. John 10:30-33

Jesus drops another bomb, He and Yahweh are One, meaning Jesus is God in the flesh. Many who say “Jesus never claimed to be God” don’t know the Bible. The Jews knew what Jesus was saying, as they attempted to kill him right on the spot!

How could a man also be God? This is a concept the Jews couldn’t comprehend and many people today still can’t comprehend. But know this , Jesus is fully God and fully Man, a concept that is difficult to be grasped (Philippians 2) 

Jesus has not only revealed He is the Christ, but He revealed He is the Son of God! How will you respond to this today? Do you hear the Shepherd calling? Only His Sheep inherit eternal life Amen!

John 10- The Good Shepherd Part 2

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. John 10:10-12

Jesus identifies Satan as the Thief, who comes to kill and destroy. While Jesus identifies himself as The Good Shepherd. Its important to understand you are in a war for your soul. Satan wants to destroy you, while Jesus wants to bring you salvation

Notice Jesus is revealing one of his I AM statements here “I AM The Good Shepherd” as we know God identified himself to Moses as The Great I AM. Jesus is revealing his deity with his 7 I AM statements in the gospel of John.

There are many wolves working for Satan, they bring false doctrine and false religion. There goal is to “scatter the Sheep” to bring confusion to the Church. I think we live in an age where there is more confusion that ever in Christianity. Beware of the wolves dressed in sheeps clothing

The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10:13-15

Jesus is prophesying about his own death, he says “I lay down my life for the sheep” Jesus willingly laid down his life for you, to give you eternal salvation. Jesus loves you that much, he knows your name, and was willing to die for you!

And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. John 10:16-18

Often we hear people say “The Jews killed Jesus” or “The Romans killed Jesus” but actually neither is correct, Jesus reveals He layed down his life for us. Nobody has the authority to kill Christ, He allowed it to happen to be the Lamb of God for the atonement of our sins

There is One Shepherd, Jesus Christ, into One Fold (The Church). There isnt multiple paths to God, its One Way through Christ , our Good Shepherd Amen!

John 9- Spiritual Blindness

They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? John 9:34-36

It’s interesting, the religious leaders demanded a sign to know whether Jesus is the Messiah, but yet when they seen a sign, they rejected it! Even though they witnessed the blind man being healed, they refused to believe that Jesus was the Son of God

When Jesus found the healed blind man, he asked him “Do you believe in the Son of God”? This is a question the world should be pondering, do you believe? Obviously signs and miracles are not enough, because the religious leaders still rejected Christ. Stop hardening your heart and listen to the Holy Spirit speak!

And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. John 9:37-38

Jesus revealed to the blind man that he is the Son of God, He is the Messiah. The blind man never hesitated, he got down on his knees and worshipped Jesus. For those who say Jesus isn’t God, how do you explain Jesus allowing this man to worship him? If Jesus wasn’t God, he would have rebuked this man, but he allowed him to worship him

And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? John 9:39-40

Why is the world so depraved? Because they are spiritually blind to their sinful ways. Jesus is the Light of the World, meaning he is the Truth, He is the Living Torah. The reason so many people reject Christ is because they are convicted by His prescense.

The Pharisees were becoming convicted of their sin, even though they claimed to be experts of the Torah. “Are we blind also” they asked Jesus sarcastically, Yes, you are sinners too! You all need Jesus, even the religious leaders!

Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. John 9:41

Jesus told the religious leaders, once their eyes have been opened and are aware of their sin, then they are guilty of their sin. As Jesus taught us previously , we are either slaves to sin or slaves to Christ! We can’t be reborn from our sin and remain in our sin

These are tough lessons to learn, and it was obviously too much for the religious leaders, as many rejected Christ and are condemned in their sin. Jesus will open our spiritual eyes and set us free Amen!