(182) Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come and that He would depart out of this world to the Father, loved His own who were in the world -- to the very end. And supper being over, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, and Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His outer garments. Then He took a towel and wrapped it around His waist. 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.
Then He came to Simon Peter, who said to Him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered him, saying, “You do not understand what I am doing now, but you will later.”
But Peter said to Him, “You will never wash my feet.”
“If I do not wash you,” Jesus replied, “you have no part with me.”
“Lord,” Simon Peter said, “wash not only my feet, but my hands and head also.”
Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet; then he is completely clean. And you are clean, but not all of you.” For He knew who would betray Him; this is why He said, “You are not all clean.”
So when He had washed their feet and taken His garments, He sat down again. Then He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and you have said it well, for I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Truly, I tell you this: the servant is not greater than his lord, neither is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. Once you understand these things, you will be happy if you do them.
“I am not speaking about all of you. I know those I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled: ‘He who eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me.’
“I am telling you this now, before it happens, so that when it comes to pass, you may believe that I AM. Truly, I tell you this: he who receives whomever I send receives me; and he who receives me receives Him who sent me.”
(182) Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
John 13:1-20, KJV
Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. 2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put 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 was come from God, and went to God; 4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. 6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? 7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. 8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. 9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. 10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. 11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. 12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. 18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. 19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. 20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
(1) They may have finished the Passover Supper and would sit back down for a regular meal, during which He instituted the Lord's Supper. (2) Ps. 41:9
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