Moments that Matter – Part 2

The Week of the Passion – a moment that matters

Preached by Pastor Steve Jamison

Matthew 21-27 – those chapters deal with the week of Passion

John 13-17 – 1 night in the life of Jesus – in the upper room

Palm Sunday – Matthew 21:1

‘Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. ‘ Zechariah 9:9

‘“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”’ — Matthew 10:40-42

John 13 – upper room

  • Washing the disciples feet
  • People walked where they traveled – and so would send a family member or slave to wash their feet
  • Jesus – servanthood and humility
  • He is preparing his disciples because in a few hours for the pressure and trials
  • He displayed humility and all He has taught to them his message and lesson
  • Follow the model of Jesus in order to be and live blessed

John 14 – starts to speak about the Holy Spirit

John 15 – need to stay connected to Jesus as the vine

  • stay connected to Jesus
  • He is the vine, we are the branch
  • We need the life flowing through Jesus into our lives and through our lives

John 16 – more tell and the Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth

John 17 – prays for the believers

  • ‘ “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. ‘ John 17:20-21

Jesus humbled Him and gave His desciples an experience and a message that they would never forget

  • He served them in a spirit of humility
  • The towel is now in your hands
  • The towel is now in the hands of the church
  • Go out into a hurting world and live our lives in according to Jesus’ example
  • We don’t give to people what they deserve
  • We don’t respond to people because how they respond to us
  • We are to serve people in their moments
  • Not a cup of cold water would lose its reward when given in the name of Jesus
  • Who is struggling?
  • What do they need to see and hear about Jesus?
  • We need to hear and listen!
  • They need you and we are to use the towel into the lives of others
  • In the moments of the towel – in moments of humility – in moments of relationship
  • Only Jesus knew the cross was coming
  • Let’s come back to the upper room

Imagine being in the upper room

  • Humility
  • Surrender
  • Servanthood
  • Need the Holy Spirit
  • A new commandment – love one another – then others will know you are His disciples
    • ‘ “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ‘ John 13:34-35
  • This is who we are and what we are about
  • John 14:6 – so true.

Moments that matter:

  • called to be a surrendered disciple of Jesus
  • pick up your cross and follow Him
  • pick up the towel and love others
  • be generous with others even as I have been to you
  • be patient with others even as I have been to you
  • be forgiving to others even as I have been to you

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