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It was now the day before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Je sus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So Jesus got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin.  Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

-John 13:1-5

If we confess our sins to God He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all of our wrongdoing.

-1 John 1:9

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.” Peter protested, “No, I can’t allow you to ever wash my feet!” But Jesus replied, “If I don’t wash you, then you don’t really belong to me”. Peter exclaimed, “Then Lord, don’t just wash my feet, wash my hands and head as well!”

-John 13:6-9

After Jesus had washed his disciples' feet and had put his outer garment back on, he sat down again. Then he said: Do you understand what I have done? You call me your teacher and Lord, and you should, because that is who I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. For here is the truth. A servant is not greater than his master and messengers are not greater than the one who sent them. Now that you know these things, God will bless you if you do them.

-John 13:12-17

I didn’t come to be served, but to serve others and give my life up for the ransom of all.

-Mark 10:45

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important:  ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

-Mark 12:31

I love an God by serving my neighbor.

I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

-John 13:34-35

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  Instead by his own free will he gave up all he had and took the nature of a servant. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. Christ was humble. He obeyed God and even to the point of dying on a cross.

-Philippians 2:3-8

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. Have you ever or are you even right now chasing after some form of the “American Dream”? What did that look like? In light of this message what are your thoughts now?

2. What stood out to you most about Jesus in the scriptures from this message? Why?

3. Who is it that Jesus is asking you to serve? What will that look like?

4. What is your next step as a result of this message?