Day 13 • Unless I Wash You

John 13

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

1 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. 2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”

Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”

9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”

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.” 11 For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16 I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17 Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

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.’ 19 I tell you this beforehand, so that when it happens you will believe that I Am the Messiah. 20 I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me, and anyone who welcomes me is welcoming the Father who sent me.”

21 Now Jesus was deeply troubled, and he exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!”

22 The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he could mean. 23 The disciple Jesus loved was sitting next to Jesus at the table. 24 Simon Peter motioned to him to ask, “Who’s he talking about?” 25 So that disciple leaned over to Jesus and asked, “Lord, who is it?”

26 Jesus responded, “It is the one to whom I give the bread I dip in the bowl.” And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. 27 When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.” 28 None of the others at the table knew what Jesus meant. 29 Since Judas was their treasurer, some thought Jesus was telling him to go and pay for the food or to give some money to the poor. 30 So Judas left at once, going out into the night.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31 As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him. 32 And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will soon give glory to the Son. 33 Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going. 34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

36 Simon Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?”

And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.”

37 “But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I’m ready to die for you.”

38 Jesus answered, “Die for me? I tell you the truth, Peter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.

  • Letty

    Father God, I thank you for having sent your only Son to this world for the forgiveness of my sins. I praise you for honoring me to be able to say that I too am your child. Sweet Jesus although I am not worthy, I thank you for washing my feet and for your sacrifice so that I may live eternally. Holy Spirit, I pray you guide me through the doors that the Lord is opening for me and my loved ones. I thank you for my salvation and my children’s salvation. I pray I never be like Judas or Simon. Holy Spirit continue to teach me to be like the Twin mentioned in yesterdays message that said he was ready to follow our Lord wherever he went. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • Javier

    Thank you Pastor Kerry and the Amazing Team at FOTW. What a great way to start your day. With your God, in the quiet,stillness of the morning. It is in silence when we are able to hear him loud and clear.
    Everyone have a Blessed Day.

  • mike

    Thank you God for always being there for us not matter what the circumstance.

  • Gayle

    Thank you LORD for this message of loving one another even those we know will betray or deny us. Help me to follow your lead to have a servants heart and a desire to love others.
    Hey Pastor Kerry, thank you so much for this style of Bible study. Will you do another book after this one?

  • Norma

    Yes, I agree deeply with Gayle. Every morning this completes my day before it has even begun and all through out the day till the end of the day when I fall asleep I am being lead by His word. I continue to learn my focus needs and wants to be on Him and others and not myself. I pray that all of us can continue to study His message with your help Pastor Kerry. Thank you and God bless.

  • Erin Hall

    I concur as well. I have my daily morning quiet time reading in my Bible, but it has been so helpful and insightful having Pastor Kerry give a beautiful description of what we’re about to read. I’ve truly enjoyed it. Slowly taking in this book has given myself time to process it like never before. Thank-you so much. The experience has been a blessing to my days <3

  • susan

    The Love in one’s Heart can reach out to everyone.Thank You….
    I was thinking, How can I reach all of my family friends,
    everyone who has ever been special to my heart, whether
    alive or gone. Prayer………….Pray………When you
    give a gift, it is every moment…………Pray or do something about the situation, if you can not pray for others.
    God Bless our church an everyperson and every nation, everywhere
    Father you are our rock, You can do abundantly more than what
    we can ask for. I Praise you and Glorify Your Name In Jesus precious Name Amen

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  • John M.

    I love this chapter because Jesus gives us an example to follow as a servant to others and a new commandment: To love one another. It is impossible to do on our own with our prevalent sin nature, but we can do it through God’s strength. We need to experience God’s love everyday – “filling up our love meter” by spending time in God’s word and in prayer – to then express God’s love to others we meet throughout the day. It’s a daily process.

  • Lori Hofferber

    Thank you Pastor Kerry.

  • Elizabeth O’Dell

    Thank You Pastor Kerry for this study today. It has opened my heart and my eye’s to see what I can do to serve other’s and to let God’s light and love shine through me. Susan I agree with you when you said, ” The love in someone’s heart can reach out to others.” AMEN

  • Jimmy Rife

    Even knowing that He would be betrayed, he carried out his will and love His people. He was undoubtably the most wonderful man to live.

  • Anita

    This reminds me of Mark 10:44, which I learned from a children’s story and music LP record as a child. I do want the greatness of Jesus Christ to shine through me, and I am blessed to know people who are in desperate need of being served. Thank you for this explanation and reminder.