Timeless Truths at the Lord’s Table
I Corinthians 11:23-26, Philippians 2:5-11
INTRODUCTION: A student of God’s word cannot approach the Lord’s table without being reminded of other things that surrounded the Lord’s table. In John 13:1-17, we have the record of a major event that took place just before the disciples received the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s table seems to draw a major focus on the Declaration, while the John 13 account of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet reminds us also that we cannot approach the Lord’s Table without being confronted with Christ’s Crucifixion and His glorious Resurrection. All of these truths are before us at the table, and all are so magnified in Phil 2:5-11.
I want us to see the major truths applied to our own lives in these three happenings:
I. FOOT-WASHING: OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE. John 13:12-17
Humility - is seen in Jesus emptying Himself of divine privilege by becoming human
Philippians 2:5-8, ‘‘Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself …’’
Speaks of lowliness of mind or self-abasement. It describes the attitude of one who willingly serves, even in the lowliest of tasks.
As Master, He had every right to command their service. Instead, He served them. He gave them a true example of Christian ministry. By becoming a servant, our Lord did not push us down; He lifted us up. He dignified sacrifice and service.
John 13:14, ‘‘If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.’’
The act of foot-washing stands for all kinds of acts of self-denying love. It is a call to loving care for others that regards no task as too menial, no service too great.
John 13:1 ...
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