Feb 12, 2017 |Considering Jesus

Love in Action

02.12.17 | Considering Jesus

Love in Action

Noel Heikkinen

John 13:1-21

How are you at loving the people that annoy you most? One of the greatest commandments that Jesus gives is for us to love our neighbors; and when He says, “love your neighbor as yourself,” He means all of them. Pastor Noel Jesse Heikkinen explains how Jesus, in the time leading up to His crucifixion, showed His love for His disciples by washing their feet, even the one who would go on to betray Him. This act of love takes place right before Christ displays the greatest act of love: dying on the cross for the sins of the world.

John 13:1-21

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Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

John 13:1


During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper…

John 13:2–4


[Jesus] laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

John 13:4–5


He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?”

John 13:6


Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but aferward you will understand.”

John 13:7


Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.”

John 13:8


Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”

John 13:8


Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”

John 13:9


Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

John 13:10–11


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9


When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

John 13:12–15


Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

John 13:16–17


I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen.

John 13:18


But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifed his heel against me.’ I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

John 13:18–20


After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”

John 13:21