1It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world. It was time for him to go to the Father. Jesus loved his disciples who were in the world. So he now loved them to the very end.2They were having their evening meal. The devil had already tempted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. He had urged Judas to hand Jesus over to his enemies.3Jesus knew that the Father had put everything under his power. He also knew he had come from God and was returning to God.4So he got up from the meal and took off his outer clothes. He wrapped a towel around his waist.5After that, he poured water into a large bowl. Then he began to wash his disciples’ feet. He dried them with the towel that was wrapped around him.6He came to Simon Peter. ‘Lord’, Peter said to him, ‘are you going to wash my feet?’7Jesus replied, ‘You don’t realise now what I am doing. But later you will understand.’8‘No’, said Peter. ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you can’t share life with me.’9‘Lord’, Simon Peter replied, ‘not just my feet! Wash my hands and my head too!’10Jesus answered, ‘People who have had a bath need to wash only their feet. The rest of their body is clean. And you are clean. But not all of you are.’11Jesus knew who was going to hand him over to his enemies. That was why he said not every one was clean.12When Jesus finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes. Then he returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them.13‘You call me “Teacher” and “Lord”. You are right. That is what I am.14I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. So you also should wash one another’s feet.15I have given you an example. You should do as I have done for you.16What I’m about to tell you is true. A slave is not more important than his master. And a messenger is not more important than the one who sends him.17Now you know these things. So you will be blessed if you do them.
Jesus tells what Judas will do
18‘I am not talking about all of you. I know the ones I have chosen. But this will happen so that this passage of Scripture will come true. It says, “The one who shared my bread has turned against me.” (Ps 41:9)19‘I am telling you now, before it happens. When it does happen, you will believe that I am who I am.20What I’m about to tell you is true. Anyone who accepts someone I send accepts me. And anyone who accepts me accepts the one who sent me.’21After he had said this, Jesus’ spirit was troubled. He said, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. One of you is going to hand me over to my enemies.’22His disciples stared at one another. They had no idea which one of them he meant.23The disciple Jesus loved was next to him at the table.24Simon Peter motioned to that disciple. He said, ‘Ask Jesus which one he means.’25The disciple was leaning back against Jesus. He asked him, ‘Lord, who is it?’26Jesus answered, ‘It is the one I will give this piece of bread to. I will give it to him after I have dipped it in the dish.’ He dipped the piece of bread. Then he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot.27As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. So Jesus told him, ‘Do quickly what you are going to do.’28But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him.29Judas was in charge of the money. So some of the disciples thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the feast. Others thought Jesus was talking about giving something to poor people.30As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.
Peter will say he does not know Jesus
31After Judas was gone, Jesus spoke. He said, ‘Now the Son of Man receives glory. And he brings glory to God.32If the Son brings glory to God, God himself will bring glory to the Son. God will do it at once.33‘My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me. Just as I told the Jews, so I am telling you now. You can’t come where I am going.34‘I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you.35If you love one another, everyone will know you are my disciples.’36Simon Peter asked him, ‘Lord, where are you going?’ Jesus replied, ‘Where I am going you can’t follow now. But you will follow me later.’37‘Lord’, Peter asked, ‘why can’t I follow you now? I will give my life for you.’38Then Jesus answered, ‘Will you really give your life for me? What I’m about to tell you is true. Before the cockerel crows, you will say three times that you don’t know me!
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Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet
1Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. (Joh 1:11; Joh 6:4; Joh 12:1; Joh 12:23; Joh 13:3; Joh 13:34; Joh 16:28; Joh 17:6; Joh 17:9)2During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, (Joh 6:70; Joh 13:11; Joh 13:27; Ac 5:3)3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, (Mt 11:27; Joh 8:42; Joh 14:12; Joh 16:28; Joh 17:2; Re 2:27)4rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. (Lu 22:27; Joh 21:7)5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. (2Ki 3:11)6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?”7Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” (Joh 12:16; Joh 13:12; Joh 13:36; Joh 15:15)8Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” (Mt 16:22; 1Co 6:11; Eph 5:26; Tit 3:5; Heb 10:22)9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”10Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” (Ge 18:4; Joh 13:18; Joh 15:3)11For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” (Joh 2:24; Joh 6:64; Joh 13:2)12When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? (Joh 13:4; Joh 13:7)13You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. (Mt 23:8; Mt 23:10; Lu 6:46; 1Co 8:6; 1Co 12:3; Php 2:11)14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. (1Ti 5:10; 1Pe 5:5)15For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. (Mt 11:29)16Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. (Mt 10:24; Joh 15:20)17If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. (Lu 11:28; Jas 1:22)18I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ (Ps 41:9; Mt 1:22; Mt 26:23; Mr 3:13; Lu 6:13; Joh 6:70; Joh 13:10; Joh 13:26; Joh 15:16; Joh 15:19; Joh 17:12; Ac 1:2)19I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. (Joh 14:29; Joh 16:4)20Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” (Mt 10:40)
One of You Will Betray Me
21After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” (Mt 26:21; Mr 14:18; Lu 22:21; Joh 12:27; Ac 1:17)22The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. (Lu 22:23)23One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side, (Lu 16:22; Joh 19:26; Joh 20:2; Joh 21:7; Joh 21:20)24so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking.25So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” (Mr 4:36; Joh 21:20)26Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. (Ru 2:14; Mt 26:23; Mt 26:25; Mr 14:20; Joh 6:71)27Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” (Lu 12:50; Lu 22:3; Joh 13:2; 1Co 11:27)28Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.29Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. (Joh 12:5; Joh 12:6; Joh 13:1)30So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night. (1Sa 28:8)
36Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” (Joh 7:34; Joh 13:7; Joh 14:2; Joh 21:18; 2Pe 1:14)37Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” (Mt 26:33; Mr 14:29; Lu 22:33)38Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times. (Joh 18:27)