John 13
John 13

John 13

John 13:1-38

1  Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

2  And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him,

3  Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,

4  rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.

5  After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

6  Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?”

7  Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”

8  Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”

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

10  Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”

11  For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.”

12  So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?

13  You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.

14  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

15  For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.

16  Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.

17  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

18  “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘HE WHO EATS BREAD WITH ME HAS LIFTED UP HIS HEEL AGAINST ME.’

19  Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He.

20  Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”

21  When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”

22  Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.

23  Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.

24  Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke.

25  Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”

26  Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it. And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

27  Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”

28  But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him.

29  For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.

30  Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.

31  So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him.

32  If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately.

33  Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you.

34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

35  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

36  Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.”

37  Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.”

38  Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.

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1 year ago

You might think that Jesus could have used some discretion with who He actually touched in the washing of the disciples’ feet. Yet, even for the one who was already set to betray Him, Jesus presented Himself as a servant to wash off the earth’s dust. It surely must have been a dramatic moment for both of them as Jesus touched those very feet that would soon be making their way to meet with the religious leaders and Judas was served by the One he had been with for so long, but was about to sell out. There was a proving in this of Jesus’ heart in the laying down of His life. No one could be left out of His purpose in order for it to be legitimate and authentic. Even for the worst of us, those that we might use discretion to separate from our touching, Jesus lovingly cares for.
When He later says that love will be the identifier of His disciples, it is referring to this very heart of indiscrete love, separating absolutely no one from the personal cleansing away of disqualifying elements. While there may be the need to be selective in leadership and fellowship associations, there is yet no provision made in God’s love for withholding one’s own services of earth’s cleansing from even that dangerous one intent on our own demise. This is the following of Jesus that really changes everything, from kingdom of self-purpose to one of laying down everything for His, knowing that the safest place for us is joining Him in a life totally laid down in service of others.

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