A Saviour who serves - John 13:1-17

This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from 14th March 2021.

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Passion 2 John 13v1-17 “A Saviour who Serves” Handout

Intro: The trenches and the greatest leader ever


        1) Jesus the Loving Saviour (v 1-5)


Love wants the best for the loved


2 verses that spotlight the depth of Jesus’ love:

  • verse 2; “the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.”



  • verse 3; “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God.”


An amazing “so”;

“so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”


        2) Jesus the Preparing Saviour (v 6-11)


Our pride makes it hard to accept help but;


  • We need to be washed clean by Jesus




  • If we aren’t washed clean by Jesus we have no hope



The whole bible has pointed to this washing;

Isaiah 1v18: “Come now, let us settle the matter, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”


        3) Jesus the Lord and Saviour (v12-17)


“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you”;

  • Having Jesus as saviour means having him as Lord.


  • Following Jesus and loving like Jesus costs a lot


  • Following Jesus brings eternal blessing



Jesus walked out of the trench, won the war and now reigns in the place of honour. What a privilege that he invites us to follow him there.


Passion 2 John 13v1-17 “A Saviour who Serves”

Home Group Questions


1) How does Jesus-type leadership compare and contrast with worldly leadership?


2) Read verses 1-5. What things does Jesus know in these verses that make what follows the “so” in verse 4 so incredible? How does this emphasise to us the quality of Jesus’ love?



3) Read verses 6-11. Why does Peter not want Jesus to wash his feet? Do we find the full forgiveness that Jesus offers to us hard to accept?



4) Read verses 12-17. Why is Jesus’ Lordship such a huge challenge to us? What would a life of following Jesus look like in our culture today?


5) What past, present and future truths help us to see that giving up our lives to follow Jesus now is worth it (or ‘blessed’ as verse 17 says)? How can future blessing especially help you to deal with your circumstances right now?

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