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replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
Pe­ter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”
­Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”
9Si­mon Pe­ter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my
10 ­Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except
for the feet,* to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” 11For
­Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you
are clean.”
12After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you
understand what I was doing? 13You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right,
because that’s what I am. 14And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15I have given you an example to follow. Do as I
have done to you. 16I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the
messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17Now that you know
these things, God will bless you for doing them.
18“I am not saying these things to all of you; I know the ones I have chosen. But this
fulfills the Scripture that says, ‘The one who eats my food has turned against me.’* 19I
tell you this beforehand, so that when it happens you will believe that I Am the Messiah.*
13:10 Some manuscripts do not include except for the feet. 
13:18 Ps 41:9. 13:19 Or that the ‘I Am’ has come;
or that I am the Lord; Greek reads that I am. See Exod 3:14. 
Wherever he
went, Jesus did
the unexpected
and exceeded
people’s expectations.
Ezek 36:25
1 Cor 6:11
Eph 5:26
Titus 3:5
John 15:3
John 6:64, 70-71;
1 Cor 12:3
Luke 22:27
1 Tim 5:10
1 Pet 5:5
Phil 2:5-7
1 Pet 5:3-5
1 Jn 2:6; 3:16
Jas 1:25
†Ps 41:9
A man looked for healing.
The disciples were expecting
an ordinary day of fishing.
What Jesus Did
Jesus also forgave his sins.
They found the Savior.
Mark 2:1-12
Luke 5:1-11
A widow was resigned to burying
her dead son.
Jesus restored her son to life.
Luke 7:11-17
The religious leaders wanted a
Jesus offered them the ­creator
of miracles.
Matthew 12:38-45
A woman who wanted to be
healed touched Jesus’ robe.
Jesus helped her see it was her
faith that had healed her.
Mark 5:25-34
The disciples thought the crowd
should be sent home because
there was no food.
Jesus used a small meal to feed
thousands—and there were
John 6:1-15
The crowds looked for a political
leader to set up a new kingdom
to overthrow Rome’s control.
Jesus offered them an eternal,
spiritual kingdom to overthrow
sin’s control.
A theme throughout
the Gospels
The disciples wanted to eat the
Passover meal with Jesus, their
Jesus washed their feet, showing
that he was also their servant.
John 13:1-20
The religious leaders wanted
Jesus killed and got their wish.
Jesus rose from the dead!
John 11:53; 19:30;
13:8-9 When Jesus responded, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong
13:27-38 John describes these few moments in clear detail. We can see
to me,” he may have meant (1) that unless he washed away Peter’s sins
by his death on the cross, Peter could have no relationship with him;
or (2) that unless Peter submitted to him and allowed him to minister
in this way, Peter would never learn the lesson of servanthood. Either
way, Peter seemed to grasp the significance of Jesus’ words, for he then
wanted to be bathed completely: “Then wash my hands and head as
well, Lord, not just my feet!”
13:12-20 Jesus did not wash his disciples’ feet just to get them to show
greater hospitality to each other. His far greater goal was to extend his
mission on earth after he was gone. These men were to move into the
world serving God, serving each other, and serving all people to whom
they would take the message of salvation.
13:22 Judas was not the obvious betrayer. After all, he was the one the
disciples were trusting to keep the money (12:6; 13:29).
13:26 The honored guest at a meal was often singled out like this.
that Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen. He knew about Judas
and Peter, but he did not change the situation, nor did he stop loving
them. In the same way, Jesus knows exactly what you will do to hurt him.
Yet he still loves you unconditionally and will forgive you whenever you
ask him. Judas couldn’t understand this and tragically ended his life in
suicide. Peter understood, and despite his shortcomings, his life ended
triumphantly because he never let go of his faith in the one who loved him.
13:27 Satan’s part in the betrayal of Jesus does not remove any of the
responsibility from Judas. He gave in to Satan’s prompting. Disillusioned
because Jesus was talking about dying rather than setting up his Kingdom,
Judas may have been trying to force Jesus’ hand and make him use his
power to prove he was the Messiah. Or perhaps Judas, not understanding
Jesus’ mission, no longer believed that Jesus was God’s chosen one.
Whatever Judas thought, Satan assumed that Jesus’ death would end his
mission and thwart God’s plan. Like Judas, Satan did not know that Jesus’
death was the most important part of God’s plan all along.

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