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Reverse Order

Have you ever had a ticket for an event, but been unable to get to that event on time? It is possible to have access to something without taking the opportunity your access affords. Join us for part 4 of The Great Reversal where we explore how Jesus reverses the order for those awaiting access to His Kingdom.

Passage: Luke 13:22-30 

Principles: Access: There is one way in, and everyone must pass that way. 

Opportunity: The opportunity is available to all, but only for a limited time. 

Responsibility: Surrender your rights here to secure your right to be there. 

Practice: Race to the back of the line. 

Daily Reading: 

As you read, ask the Holy Spirit to draw your attention to the reversals in each passage. How do these reversals relate to God’s Kingdom and who has access to that Kingdom? 

  • Day 1: Matthew 18 
  • Day 2: Matthew 19
  • Day 3: Matthew 20 
  • Day 4: John 8 
  • Day 5: John 9 
  • Day 6: John 10 
  • Day 7: Ephesians 2 

Think Deeper 

Do you believe everyone has access to God’s Kingdom (heaven)? Why or why not? 

Do you believe people have a limited time to respond to Jesus’ offer to be a part of the Kingdom? Why or why not? 

What makes a person qualified to be a part of God’s Kingdom?

Check out these and other suggested books at 

The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancy 

What’s so Amazing About Grace, Philip Yancy 

The Hole in Our Gospel, Richard Stearns 

How to Be Rich, Andy Stanley 

Small Group Questions 

Use this outline for personal reflection, as a couples or family devotion, or with a small group.  

HANGOUT [Warming Up to the Topic]  

  1. Has anyone in authority over you (teacher, boss, leader, etc.) ever performed an act of service for you? If so, how? What effect did that experience have on you? 

HEAR [Listening to God through Scripture]  

  1. Read John 13:1-11 
  • Imagine you were one of the disciples.  What would you have thought and felt when you realized what Jesus was doing? Have you ever participated in a foot washing ceremony? If so, describe that experience. 
  • Why did Peter initially refuse to allow Jesus to wash his feet? What was Jesus’ response to that refusal? Why was Peter’s participation so important? 
  • What did Jesus mean by, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand?” 
  1. Read John 13:12-30 
  • What reversal is Jesus calling His disciples to make? How was He modeling that reversal? What was He about to do to model that reversal? 
  • Why was it important for Jesus not only to wash Judas’s feet, but to reveal to His disciples that someone whose feet had been washed would betray Him? 
  • Besides Jesus’ example, what is the best model of servant leadership you have ever personally experienced? 
  1. Read John 13:31-35 
  • Jesus said, “NOW is the Son of Man glorified …” (v. 31). Why might the timing of this declaration seem odd? What just happened that might have prompted Jesus to say this? 
  • Jesus commanded His followers to love each other the way He had loved them (v. 34). How had Jesus loved His disciples? What does that mean for how we are to love one another? Why would that kind of love convince others that a person is Jesus’ disciple? 
  • How do you measure up to Jesus’ model of servant leadership? At home? At work? At school? In your community? At church? How does your small group live this out? How is our church living this out? 
  • What will you do this week to love and serve the way Jesus loved and served? 

HUDDLE [Making It Personal and Praying Together – in Huddles]  

  1. How are you serving your family? Your church? The stranger? Your enemies? Talk about it, invite accountability, and take time to pray.