3/6/2016 Sermon: Likewise

John 13:1-17 Who do you most admire? It might be someone from your childhood:  a teacher; a coach; a youth director; a grandparent; a parent.  It could be someone you look up to now:  a supervisor; a community leader; a professor; an author; a pastor. Of all these kinds of people, who is the one person you admire the most?  The one you place on the highest pedestal?  The one you watch to see how she handles things, the one you think of when you wonder what to do, the one you would be honored – star struck, even – to share a meal with?  Who do you most admire? Now, I want you to imagine that person is knocking at your door. You open the door and you’re as giddy as a school girl with a crush.  He’s here!  She’s here!  If you’re like me, you’ll lead him inside while discretely straightening shoes kicked off by the door and picking up toys left out of place.  You might lead her to your favorite, most comfortable sitting chair, the one you usually sit in yourself.  You weren’t prepared for guests, but you offer her everything you have in the way of a beverage – even that Cheerwine in the glass bottle that you were saving for a special occasion. You sit and talk for a while and it’s wonderful.  He listens intently to your stories.  She wisely answers your questions.  You feel honored.  You are literally graced by his presence. Then she asks where your restroom is.  Even our most admired people have to use the restroom after enjoying...