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The Serving Son of Glory and the servants of the Son of Glory are betrayed by false converts, but this does not negate our responsability to serve through love and humility, but rather heightens that responsability as we have Christ for an example.

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The Served Son of God

Serving is costly and aromatic.

Serving costs something. What is your service costing you? If we are going to do anything as a church, it is going to cost us. It may be effort, money or time; but it will be costly. Are you here to be served or to bear the cost of serving?

John 12:1–3 AV 1873
1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. 3 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.

Service produces a pleasant and attractive aroma. It “filled the house.” What sort of aroma is surrounding you?

John 12:3
John 12:3 AV 1873
3 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.

Serving has detractors.

John 12:
John 12:4–6 AV 1873
4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, 5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6 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.

Detractors can always find a better way for you to spend your costly service, usually in a way that will also benefit them.

John 12:5–8 AV 1873
5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6 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. 7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. 8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
John 12:5–6 AV 1873
5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6 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.

Detractors serve their own agenda and attempt to spiritualize it.

Jesus answers spiritualized detractions with the reality that costly service is for God’s purpose and glory. He will guard them from detractors.

John 12:
John 12:7–8 AV 1873
7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. 8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

Believing people ultimately believe Jesus, not the service gained. Our service just provides a conducive environment for the seed to grow.

Hospitality is often the greatest opportunity for the gospel.

John 12:2 AV 1873
2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

The ministry of Christ is the draw! “Come see God do great things, not us.”

John 12:
John 12:9–11 AV 1873
9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; 11 because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
John 12:2

The Serving Son of God

Serving is purposefully loving and humble

Purposeful love produces a spirit of service.

John 13:
John 13:1–5 AV 1873
1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. 2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; 3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 4 he riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 5 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.
John 13:
John 13:1–4 AV 1873
1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. 2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; 3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 4 he riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

Serving is purposefully humble

John 13:5 AV 1873
5 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.
He gird himself with servant’s clothing.
Philippians 2:6–7 AV 1873
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Being Served is as important as Serving.

John 13:6-
John 13:6–10 AV 1873
6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? 7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. 8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. 9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. 10 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.

Here we see an act of humility that must be received in humility. The symbol here is that of regeneration. By the humble act of Christ on the cross and the humility to accept that gift comes the event of salvation, available to all.

Philippians 2:8 AV 1873
8 and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
John 13:

Saved people Serve people.

Called of God to serve.

John 13:11–14 AV 1873
11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. 12 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? 13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

Principle of servant leadership.

John 13:
John 13:15–16 AV 1873
15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16 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.

Serving outside yourself brings happiness.

John 13:17 AV 1873
17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

The Sabotaged Son of God

Christ knows the heart and plan of our saboteurs.

John 13:
John 13:18–21 AV 1873
18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lift up his heel against me. 19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. 20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

We do not know the hearts of men.

John 13:22–27 AV 1873
22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. 23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. 25 He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? 26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

Those who refuse Christ will work against Christ.

John 13:28–30 AV 1873
28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. 29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or that he should give something to the poor. 30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.

Conclusion

The Serving Son of Glory and the servants of the Son of Glory are betrayed by false converts, but this does not negate our responsibility to serve through love and humility, but rather heightens that responsibility as we have Christ for an example.
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