Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Welcome back to Our Study, Portraits of Christ, the Character or Works of Jesus.
To review our study in February we looked at Jesus as King. Key Text was taken from John 12:12-15; He rides into Jerusalem and is acclaimed “King” of Israel by the crowd.
This lesson we are looking at Jesus as Servant.
Key Text is taken from John 13:1-5, 15-17.
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
2 And supper being ended,[a] the devil having already put it 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 had come from God and was going to God,
4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
The scene demonstrates Jesus as taking on the role as “servant”. Clearly we see here the marvelous scene of Jesus the Son of God, our Savior assuming the role of servant, lovingly washing the feet of the disciple’s.
I invite you on a journey as we look at John’s portraits of Christ as Jesus takes on the role of a “Servant” and Isaiah’s Portraits of Christ who illustrates a picture of Christ as a ”Divine Servant & who takes on the characteristics of “Meekness”.
Philippians 2:7 but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
Scripture paints many illustrations of Jesus demonstrating the role of a servant. We can learn from these examples how Jesus would have us live. Is this your desire, to be His Hands extended filled with Christ-like qualities of servitude?
Christ as Servant:
Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Luke 22:27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
John 13:4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
John 13:5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
Christ as Divine Servant
Isaiah 42:1 Behold! My Servant whom I uphold,
My Elect One in whom My soul delights!
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
To re-cap our study we have looked at Christ as Servant. The preceding scripture’s have painted a picture of Christ taking on a servant heart clothing himself in humility, meekness, compassion and love for the people He was serving.
Christ came to serve, not to be served. Scripture clearly defines that in Matthew 20:28.
Jesus paved the way showing us how He would have us clothe ourselves. Jesus being our role model desires that we will take on a servant’s heart; reaching out to others with the humility, meekness and compassion Christ demonstrated.
I leave this thought with you & encourage you to be filled with Christ-like qualities that were illustrated in John 13:1-5, 15-17, that Jesus encouraged His disciples to follow after