Word of Jesus Part 59

John 13:1 Now before the feast of the passover, when 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.
John 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;
John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
John 13:4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
John 13:5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
John 13:6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
John 13:7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
John 13:8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
John 13:9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
John 13:10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
John 13:11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
John 13:12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
John 13:13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
John 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
John 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

The church throughout history has not remembered these words of Jesus. When we set up popes, clergy and bishops to have supreme rule over what is called the laity or common people, we are doing the opposite of what Jesus taught. We are not to Lord over one another. There have been many who have risen to power in the church who think it is a sin to disagree with them. They threaten the judgment of God if one dares to oppose them. This is not what Jesus taught. All of us are as servants. Only God has all authority. We must submit to one another in love that is true but we must always be allowed to study the word so as not to be deceived if one comes along that teaches contrary to the truth in God's word. There has to be accountability as long as we are mortal men and women. God is perfect and we should strive to be like Him but we must remember that we have limitations and make many mistakes along the way. To set up a supreme church leader that is seen as infallible with sole authority is dangerous. Read church history and see the danger and suffering such thinking causes.

Jesus showed and taught humility. He knew what was coming a few years after He went back to Heaven. He knew there would be evil men not only bringing in false doctrine but laying aside the word of God entirely and putting in its place rituals, doctrines and church teaching that is contrary to the word of God. At one point in church history the bible was forbidden to be read by anyone except the clergy. This is not what Jesus taught.

It is certainly not wrong to have a leader to lead the church and preach the gospel making sure that the flock is protected from false teachers. But when that leader exercises power over the individual conscience of a believer, he is usurping authority that God does not give. Jesus said that the ones who are chiefs must be as servants. We are not to have a clergy and a laity where the laity are not allowed to think for themselves, worship God in spirit and in truth, study the bible on their own time, and disagree if the occasion merits a disagreement. There are too many wolves around that become church leaders. We can't blindly follow those that set themselves up to be lords over the flock. Remember Jim Jones. All church leadership should have accountability. No one should have supreme authority. Only Jesus Christ can be trusted with that much authority.

The bible should never be chained up, forbidden or hid from each and every individual whether child or grown person. This does not give us freedom to disrespect church leaders and pastors. Jesus also taught us to love one another and treat everyone with respect. We are to serve one another, help one another and even give our lives to help each other. Whatever we do should be done in the spirit of meekness and love. The leaders should possess this as well.

Never should a church have the power to imprison, torture or harm one that does not agree with church teachings even bible teachings. That is why Jesus said to be careful when judging. Let God do the judging of those who reject the gospel or church teachings. We are to be meek, harmless as doves yet wise as serpents. We must not allow false teaching that we knew is contrary to scripture but we must never physically harm a false teacher. Trust God to take care of things in which we are limited. Learn to pray over problems instead of acting in fear, jealousy, hate or violence.

John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

This fulfills this verse in the Psalms.

Psalm 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

Judas pretended to be in agreement while plotting to betray Jesus.

John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
John 13:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Receive whoever God sends. We shall know them by their fruits. We can judge by the word of God whether God sent them or not. Use kindness. Refuse to listen to false teachers but never lift a hand to harm anyone. Let God do the judging. Pray without ceasing that we can discern and know the truth. Walk in love and kindness. If a man or woman is sent by God we will be blessed if we receive them and treat them kindly.  God does not expect us to follow anyone without discernment and questions but treat everyone with gentleness and love.  If we are faithful and walk in love, I believe God will protect us from deception.   He said that His sheep shall know His voice. 

John 13:21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

Even though this was done that scripture was fulfilled, our dear Jesus was still concerned about the soul of the one who was to betray Him.

John 13:22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
John 13:23 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
John 13:24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
John 13:25 He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?
John 13:26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

John 13:27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
John 13:28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.
John 13:29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.

I think they purposely was blinded to Judas' intent because God knew they would try to stop him.

Joh 13:30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.
Joh 13:31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
Joh 13:32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.
Joh 13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

This is the commandment that we have forgotten. Love one another. This is how people will know God is in us if we love one another. Love also enemies. If we love we will not harm, persecute, imprison, torture and hate each other or enemies of the gospel. Jesus never taught us to persecute heretics or unbelievers. He never taught us to use force or physical punishment. If we love each other we will not Lord over each other. If we love each other, we will want everyone to have a personal relationship with God himself and not have to depend on a church or group of people for their faith.

True love also will embrace truth. If we love one another, we will not go the opposite extreme and allow false teaching and sin to continue in the church without warning or telling the truth. Love does not mean to get along to the point of forsaking sound doctrine. Love also does not hate or persecute those that disagree with sound doctrine. Love is the key to the proper way to run a church.

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
John 13:36 Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.
John 13:37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
John 13:38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

This is a prediction to the time Peter denied Jesus three times because of the fear of those he was mingling with.

In all this chapter the main points are walking in love and humility. If we remember these things our church will be strong.
We have to be firm and contend for the faith taught in the word of God but in the spirit of meekness and humility. Wise yet harmless. Alert and not deceived, yet with kindness and love. Only by the spirit of God can this be possible.

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