I know in mathematics 4 always follows 3.

But I have to tell you that there is one place in the Bible that 4 should NOT follow 3.  And it’s only because it does not make sense at least to me.

Here it is in John 13


3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, 4 *got up from supper, and *laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.


The transition does not even make sense in my mind

I don’t understand in my selfish, prideful man how 4 follows 3.


Listen to the SURE FACTS of verse 3….

“Knowing the Father have given ALL THINGS into His hands”

“That He had come forth from God”

“And was going back to God”


So what should be next?  What should follow these incredible statements?

Lightening bolts coming out of Him

Jesus levitating off the ground saying “I told you I was God”


That is what man would do

That is what we preachers would have done

Not Jesus.  



We let WHAT WE KNOW make us think we are extraordinary


What does Jesus do?

He washes feet

What? Are you kidding me?


Shouldn’t You be showing off since all these things are true?


Not at all

His knowledge, His position and His relationship with the Father only made Him the ultimate Servant


This has to be the greatest example for us….the more we know, the more we are confident, the more we are sure….the more we should serve and not be served.


The insecure won’t serve.

Those who don’t know God and His Word won’t wash feet.

Let me say it again…the insecure won’t serve.



I probably would have taken those 3 “knowing” statements of verse 3 and NOT SERVED BUT GOT SERVANTS.

Jesus serves

I would have gotten servants

That is how corrupt my thinking is.



Let me throw one more crazy transition in this whole mix.

He takes this whole teaching moment and says to them in verse 14….


14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one anothers feet.


Do you see it?

Here is what makes sense to me:  If I , the Lord and the Teacher washed your feet…..


WHAT I WOULD HAVE SAID:  “….they you ought to wash My feet”


That is not what Jesus said.  He said “if I wash your feet, then you ought to wash one anothers feet”

He wasn’t doing this to get back.

I know there are times that I have done stuff to others hoping to get the same back from them. Not Jesus.

Just shows you how much unlike Jesus I am and how far I have to go.


I invited you over for dinner, therefore you should invite me over.

I let you borrow my car therefore you should let me borrow your car.

I complimented your hair you should compliment mine.

I invited you to speak at my church , you should invite me to speak at your church.



Do you see how unlike Jesus this is?

He washed feet to get them to wash other’s feet not His.


Jesus is amazing.

I have such a long way to go.


2 thoughts on “4 SHOULDN’T FOLLOW 3”

  1. I wish the word serve didn’t have such a negative connotation in our society today, I think the word serve in bible terms really means “cultivate life”. Looking at serving each other through the lense of cultivating life in one another sounds more exciting and life giving and less like undesirable labor.

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