The Passover Meal
John 13:1-3 (Matthew 26:17-25; Mark 14:12-21; Luke 22:7-13)
Thursday, Passover Week
(1) It was near the time of the Passover feast, and Jesus knew the time had come for him to leave this world and return to the Father. Having loved his disciples who were in this world, he loved them to the end. (2) The evening Passover meal was in progress, and the devil had already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Jesus. (3) Jesus knew that the Father had put everything under his power, and that he had come from God, and that he was going back to God.
Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet
(4) So Jesus got up from the table, removed his outer clothing (cloak), and wrapped a towel around his waist. He then filled a bowl with water, (5) and began to wash his disciples’ feet, and dried them with the towel wrapped around him.
(6) Jesus came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” (7) Jesus said, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later on you will understand.” (8) But Peter said, “No! You will never wash my feet!” Jesus said, “You will never be my disciple unless I wash your feet.” (9) Simon Peter cried out, “Lord! Then wash not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” (10) Jesus said, “Whoever has taken a bath needs only to wash their feet; their whole body has been bathed. And you are clean, although not all of you.” (11) For Jesus knew that Judas Iscariot was going to betray him; that is why he said not every one was clean.
(12) After washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus put on his outer clothing (cloak) and returned to his place at the table. He said to his disciples, (13) “Do you understand what I have done for you? You call me your ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right. For that is what I am. (14) Now that I—your Lord and Teacher—have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. (15) I washed your feet to give you an example to follow. (16) I tell you the truth: A slave is not greater than his master, and a messenger is not greater than the one who sent him. (17) Now that you know my teachings, you will be blessed if you do them.”
The Betrayal of Judas
John 13:18-30 (Matthew 26:17-25; Mark 14:12-21; Luke 22:7-13)
Jesus said, (18) “I am not speaking about all of you, because I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill Psalm 41:9, ‘He who ate my bread has gone against me.’ (19) I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. (20) I tell you the truth: Whoever receives anyone I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me into this world.”
(21) After Jesus had said this, his heart was troubled in spirit and he told his disciples, “I tell you the truth: One of you is going to betray me.” (22) His disciples stared at one another, because they were confused about what he was saying.
(23) One of them, the disciple Jesus loved (the apostle John), was reclining next to him at the table. (24) Simon Peter motioned to him and said, “Ask Jesus which one of us he is talking about.” (25) The disciple leaned against Jesus and asked him, “Lord, which one of us is going to betray you?” (26) Jesus said, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread after I dip it in the dish.” Then Jesus dipped the piece of bread into the dish and gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. (27) As soon as Judas took the piece of bread, Satan entered his heart. So Jesus told Judas, “What you are about to do, do quickly!” (28) But the disciples did not understand why Jesus had said this to Judas. (29) Because Judas was in charge of the money bag, some of the disciples thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Passover feast, or to give some money to the poor. (30) As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he left. And it was night.
Love One Another
(31) When Judas was gone, Jesus said to his disciples, “Now the Son of Man (see Daniel 7:13-14) is glorified and God is glorified in him. (32) If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify the Son in himself, and he will glorify him at once. (33) My dear children, I will be living with you only a little longer. You will look for me, but as I told the Jews so I tell you, where I am going, you cannot come. (34) I give you this new command: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (35) By your love everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
John 13:36-38 (Matthew 26:31-35; Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:31-34)
(36) Simon Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus said, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow me later.” (37) Peter said, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will die for you!” (38) Then Jesus said to him, “Will you really die for me? I tell you the truth: Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”