50. Jesus the Servant

As we dive back into the Gospel of John, let’s do a quick review of where we are. Chapter 13 begins with a narrative introduction to Jesus’ final discourse. This chapter marks the end of Jesus’ public ministry. John now turns to the Passion narrative and the teaching given to the disciples in chapters 14-17. This next sec- tion of the book of John is now demonstrating Jesus’ path to the cross. 

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51. I Am Judas

As we saw last week, Jesus and his disciples had sat down together for the Passover meal. This meal commemorated God’s salvation of the Israelites during the last plague during the Exodus. As Christ and his disciples were eating, Jesus knelt down and washed their feet. This act of service was a precursor to the greatest act of service of all: His death on the cross. We saw that the amount of humility it took to kneel and wash the feet of the disciples was unparalleled. The Creator of the Universe humbled himself in order to do the job of a servant. He interrupted the meal, donned the garb of a slave, and washed the feet of his disciples. If that act wasn’t astounding enough, he even washed the feet of the one who was to betray him: Judas Iscariot. 

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52. To Know God

Chapter 14 begins in the middle of where Christ is speaking to his disciples after Judas had left. Peter had told Jesus that there was no way that he would betray him! Jesus tells Peter that he would, in fact, betray him. We have to think about the mood in the room. Jesus had just washed the disciples feet, spoke of one who would betray him, and then Judas leaves the room. Jesus shifts in his teaching and begins to speak of how they must act after he has gone. The disciples would have been confused and maybe a bit scared. This was not the ending they were hoping for. They expected a victorious messiah, not someone who would die and leave them behind. Imagine giving up everything, home and family, to follow who you thought would be the victorious messiah who would bring a new kingdom, only to find out that he was going to die a horrible death and be humiliated as a political criminal. The disciples would have been troubled.

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53. The Son of God

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54. How Do We Obey?

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55. The Spirit of Truth

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56. Holy Spirit the Helper

This week we jump back in to Jesus’ encouraging discourse to the disciples about the Holy Spirit, His work, and Christ’s upcoming death and resurrection. Jesus and the disciples have left the upper room and are heading towards the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus is explaining to them the coming of the Holy Spirit and how he is going to bring peace and empower them to love God and keep his commandments. This section is one of the most iconic in John’s gospel. Jesus talks at length about the Holy Spirit and what it means to abide in Him.

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57. Love One Another

John 15 continues on with Jesus reiterating the importance of loving obedience to God as followers of Him. John connects abiding in Jesus with obedience and a fruit-bearing life. The need for us to abide in Christ and to rely on Him as our source of life is made clear in this section. We cannot live the Christian life on our own nor are we able to bear good fruit without the empowering work of the Holy Spirit. This empowerment comes through cultivation of a relationship with Jesus. We often make the mistake of starting with obedience when we seek a relationship with Christ. Obedience is a natural outworking of relationship with Jesus. We will only become more and more frustrated when we rely on our own strength to obey. Christ calls us to first abide in Him, to be in relationship with him. He calls us to draw our strength from Him rather than from our own meager reserves. This abiding will empower us to display God’s love through our obedience. We must start with intimacy with the Lord which leads to our obedience rather than simply obeying because we have to.

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58. The Conviction of the Spirit

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59. Sorrow and Joy

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60. For the Father's Glory - Part 1

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61. For the Father's Glory - Part 2

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62. Sanctified and Sent

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63. His Life for Ours

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64. Christ is Able

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65. Truth

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66. Dismissing Jesus

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67. What is Finished?

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68. Where Did Jesus Go?

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69. The Resurrection of Jesus

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70. I Also Send You

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71. Sin Turned to Righteousness

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