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When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You going to wash my feet?"

When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You going to wash my feet?"
Jesus replied, "You don't understand now what I am doing, but someday you will."
"No," Peter protested, "You will never ever wash my feet!" Jesus replied, "Unless I wash you, you won't belong to Me."
Simon Peter exclaimed, "Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!"
Introduction
Praise the Lord!!! We are celebrating our 1 year anniversary!! Congratulation to Pastor David and Sister Becky for being the Campus Pastor here at Southpointe Church in Idabel.
I consider it an honor to be able to be the Senior Pastor of Southpointe Church. God has truly bless our church.
Just so you will know our Church Southpointe was voted to as the top 5 of best place to worship in River Valley area.
We are so thankful to have this campus church here going on 1 year old. Wow. Look how far God has taken you guys.
We are believing that God going to do greater things in the years to come here.
We had a great time yesterday, working with the team here and I believe that you are going to see many lives changes due to your efforts for the Kingdom of God.
The food was great and all the hostility.
So let’s get into the Word of God this morning!
When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You going to wash my feet?" Jesus replied, "You don't understand now what I am doing, but someday you will."
First Peter said Lord, and then Peter said, No, contradiction You can not call Jesus Lord and then say no.
Jesus replied, "You don't understand now what I am doing, but someday you will."
This is what I want you to look at this it was Passover time and they were having supper and Jesus get up from the table and take off His robe. This is a very important thing to remember Jesus was taking off His robe.
Jesus begin to wash the disciples’ feet and drying with a towel and when He coming to Peter asked a question. Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You going to wash my feet?"
Jesus said, "You don't understand now what I am doing, but someday you will."
And In the conversation, Peter tell Jesus no. I want you to see the contradiction here, Peter, first called Jesus “Lord” but then Peter tell Jesus no.
You can not call Jesus “Lord” and then turn around and say no.
You see, when we say that Jesus is Lord, then we respond with a yes and not a no.
When we say no to Jesus then He has quit being Lord of our lives. Jesus tells you to pay your tithes and you say I can’t, then Jesus quit being Lord of your life, Jesus tells you go witness and you say no, Jesus quit being Lord of your life. \
Because something has become more important to you than Him.
Are you getting the picture?
Because look what Jesus tells Peter:
Jesus replied, "Unless I wash you, you won't belong to Me."
What Jesus is saying to Peter, you will do what I say or you will not be my servant.
And Peter changes his mind real quick,
Peter said, Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!"
Give me a bath, whatever you want then I will do.
Jesus tells Peter and all the disciples that if a person has taken a bath then they are clean except for their feet needs to be washed.
Then Jesus tells them that all but one are clean. And He was telling them about Judas betrayal coming. But look at this:
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?
Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
Now stay with me here: Jesus had told Peter before:
Jesus replied, "You don't understand now what I am doing, but someday you will."
Here we find Jesus saying again Know ye not what I have done to you?
Jesus goes on down in the conversation and answers what He had done, I have given you an example, that you should do and I have done to you.
Jesus took off His robe and become a servant to His disciples and wash their feet.
There in verse 17 Jesus said if ye know these things, happy are you if you do them.
Jesus didn’t say Happy meaning blessed are you if you know that you should but He say I have show you what to do be a servant and you will only be happy, Blessed if you do this.
Peter was a servant.
Servant: One who serves, or does services, voluntarily or on compulsion; a person who is employed by another doing small office duties or for other labor, and is subject to his command; a person who labors or exerts himself for the benefit of another, his master or employer; a obedience helper.

A servant who gives his life willingly as a sacrifice for others; a servant who obeys his Master to please Him; a servant whose labor and love and death on behalf of others effects the forgiveness of their sins and the removal of their guilt.

A servant is one who gives his life willingly as a sacrifice for others, a servant is one who obeys his Master to please Him. A servant is one who labor, love and died on behalf of other. So that they may receive forgiveness of their sins and the removal of their guilt.
defines the highest servanthood as be something that has been granted by God’s grace.
But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for servant, ʿebed, contains at least two key ingredients: action (the servant as “worker”) and obedience.

Isaiah 41:8, 9 defines this highest servanthood as something granted by God’s grace: “But you, O Israel, my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, … I took you … I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant.’ ”

The word servant is used around 1100 times in the Bible.
And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.
God called Moses His servant. How would you like for God to call you His servant?
You see, when I think about a servant, Moses is who comes to mind.
So let’s look at Moses:
Now we all know the story of Moses, how his mother put him in a basket on the Nile River because of the law to kill all the baby boys. You know the story How he was raised in Pharoh’s family and how he saw the injustice being done to the Hebrew people, and he murdered an man for beating on one of the Hebrews.
Moses hide the body and the next Moses is out walk among the people again and fight break out and Moses tells them to quit and a man speak up and say are you not the man who kill one of the soldier yesterday who are you to thing that you are our prince, our ruler.
Moses is running for his life. Pharoah find out and is trying to kill Moses.
Moses hide the body and run away. Moses is on the back side of a desert for 40 years hiding. This is where God calls him.
Moses goes to the Land of Midian and Moses end up into another fight. This is where he meets his wife.
Moses is on the back side of a desert for 40 years hiding. This is where God calls him. We know about the burning bush experience.
But in chapter 4 I believe that this is a very important piece of the puzzle for mankind. If this would not taken place then we would not have been a nation of Israel, there would have been no deliverance, no ten commandments, and so on. Let’s read it:
Moses is on the back side of a desert for 40 years hiding. This is where God calls him.
I believe that this
But Moses protested again, "What if they won't believe me or listen to me? What if they say, 'The LORD never appeared to you'?"
But Moses protested again, "What if they won't believe me or listen to me? What if they say, 'The LORD never appeared to you'?"
Then the LORD asked him, "What is that in your hand?" "A shepherd's staff," Moses replied.
"Throw it down on the ground," the LORD told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back.
Then the LORD told him, "Reach out and grab its tail." So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a shepherd's staff in his hand.
After Moses excuses God ask Moses a very important question, God said, What is that in your hand?
And Moses simple answer is a shepherd’s staff.
It was more than just a shepherd’s staff.
Look what God told him to do with that shepherd’s staff throw it down. and then it turn into a serpent, a living creature. Then the Lord told him to reach out and grab it by the tail and so Moses did.
The snake, the living thing turn back into a dead stick, the shepherd’s staff.
The thing that was in Moses’ hand was dead, but when out of his hand it was alive.
Now get this if you keep things in your hand, your control and not release them to God they will die.
Listen closely Why would God turn that dead stick into a snake?
You see, serpent was the Egyptian’s god, and Moses had been running from the Egyptian for many years now. Remember the Word of God said, Moses jumped back or one version said He was afraid.
You see God was working on His servant, because Moses had to get that fear out of his life and put it in the hand of God. But get this once it was out of Moses’ hand and in God’s hand. God told Moses pick it up by the tail.
In other words, you have this now, what was controlling you, now will be what push you to be the servant I have called you to be.
Then Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups on the green grass.
It will be the very thing that God will use to perform miracles.
So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred.
When you release it, then watch out world God is coming thru.
But if you release it, then watch world God is coming thru.
Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, He kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share.
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Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, He kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share.
They all ate as much as they wanted,
and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish.
A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed from those loaves!
Jesus had been preaching and it was getting late you know the story the people where hungry and Jesus told the disciples to feed them and all that had was 5 loaves and 2 fish.
So the disciples take this small amount of food to Jesus, this is all we have.
This is just a shepherd’s staff in my hand, this is just a small amount of food, this is just a small church building, this is just a small community of believers.
Get it out of our hands and put it into the hand of Jesus, and watch it come alive.
Watch it meet the need and not only that, watch the overflowing take place, 12 baskets of leftover of bread and fish.
Watch and see what God will do!!
But let’s go back to the shepherd’s staff:
What is your shepherd’s staff? What is that which keeping you from doing what God has called you to do?
This shepherd’s staff was who he was, he was a shepherd. You see to know who you are, you must pick up the identity that God given you and release the identity that the world has given you.
2. Shepherd’s staff is his influence

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for servant, ʿebed, contains at least two key ingredients: action (the servant as “worker”) and obedience.

Moses, rod, that in your hand
Identity, influence, income
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