A Man and His Master
J. Gerald Harris
In our text we have the record of one of the events which took place at the Last Supper. Jesus and his disciples had gathered together in a borrowed room. These men had been together for approximately three years. Together they had walked the dusty roads of Galilee. Together they had slept in the great outdoors with rocks for their pillows, and the heavens for a canopy bed. Together they had faced the winds of a storm-tossed sea. Together they had experienced the miracle of the feeding of the 4000 and the 5000. Together they had faced the opposition of the religious leaders, and the threats of those who had set themselves against Jesus Christ.
Jesus had gathered together these men to be his disciples. Most of them were unlearned and uneducated men. They were rough-hewn men with rugged exteriors. Among them was Peter, the impetuous, impulsive disciple, who was always saying something. There was James and John, the sons of thunder. There was Simon the Zealot who was a revolutionary if there ever was one. Matthew, the despised tax collector, was a part of this group. These were the Master's men.
In our text we see Jesus rising from that Last Supper, and laying aside his garments, and taking a towel, and filling a basin with water, and then washing the feet of the disciples. But there are actually four things that I want us to see about Jesus in this passage of Scripture.
I. WHAT JESUS DEVOTED HIMSELF TO BE -- OUR SAVIOR
In the first verse of our text, the Bible says that "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." Now, this verse speaks of the death that Jesus was about to die on the cross of Calvary. You know, men are sinful and men need a Savior. In fact, the only answer out of man's dilemma is Jesus Christ. In times like these we need a Savior.
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