Jesus Washes His Followers’ Feet
1It was almost time for the Jewish Passover Feast. Jesus knew that it was time for him to leave this world and go back to the Father. He had always loved those who were his own in the world, and he loved them all the way to the end.
2Jesus and his followers were at the evening meal. The devil had already persuaded Judas Iscariot to turn against Jesus. (Judas was the son of Simon.) 3Jesus knew that the Father had given him power over everything. He also knew that he had come from God and was going back to God. 4So during the meal Jesus stood up and took off his outer clothing. Taking a towel, he wrapped it around his waist. 5Then he poured water into a bowl and began to wash the followers’ feet. He dried them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6Jesus came to Simon Peter. But Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7Jesus answered, “You don’t understand what I am doing now. But you will understand later.”
8Peter said, “No! You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “If I don’t wash your feet, then you are not one of my people.”
9Simon Peter answered, “Lord, after you wash my feet, wash my hands and my head, too!”
10Jesus said, “After a person has had a bath, his whole body is clean. He needs only to wash his feet. And you men are clean, but not all of you.” 11Jesus knew who would turn against him. That is why Jesus said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and sat down again. Jesus asked, “Do you understand what I have just done for you? 13You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord.’ And this is right, because that is what I am. 14I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. So you also should wash each other’s feet. 15I did this as an example for you. So you should do as I have done for you. 16I tell you the truth. A servant is not greater than his master. A messenger is not greater than the one who sent him. 17If you know these things, you will be happy if you do them.
18“I am not talking about all of you. I know those I have chosen. But what the Scripture said must happen: ‘The man who ate at my table has now turned against me.’# Quotation from Psalm 41:9. 19I am telling you this now before it happens. Then when it happens you will believe that I am he. 20I tell you the truth. Whoever accepts anyone I send also accepts me. And whoever accepts me also accepts the One who sent me.”
Jesus Talks About His Death
21After Jesus said this, he was very troubled. He said openly, “I tell you the truth. One of you will turn against me.”
22The followers all looked at each other. They did not know whom Jesus was talking about. 23One of the followers was sitting# Literally, “lying.” The people of that time ate lying down and leaning on one arm. next to Jesus. This was the follower Jesus loved. 24Simon Peter made signs to him to ask Jesus who it was that he was talking about.
25That follower leaned closer to Jesus and asked, “Lord, who is it that will turn against you?”
26Jesus answered, “I will dip this bread into the dish. The man I give it to is the man who will turn against me.” So Jesus took a piece of bread. He dipped it and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered him. Jesus said to Judas, “The thing that you will do—do it quickly!” 28None of the men at the table understood why Jesus said this to Judas. 29He was the one who kept the money box. So some of the followers thought that Jesus was telling Judas to buy what was needed for the feast. Or they thought that Jesus wanted Judas to give something to the poor.
30Judas accepted the bread Jesus gave him and immediately went out. It was night.
31When Judas was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man receives his glory. And God receives glory through him. 32If God receives glory through him,# Some Greek copies do not have this phrase. then God will give glory to the Son through himself. And God will give him glory quickly.”
33Jesus said, “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me. And what I told the Jews, I tell you now: Where I am going you cannot come.
34“I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you. 35All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.”
Peter Will Say He Doesn’t Know Jesus
36Simon Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, where are you going?”
Jesus answered, “Where I am going you cannot follow now. But you will follow later.”
37Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I am ready to die for you!”
38Jesus answered, “Will you really die for me? I tell you the truth. Before the rooster crows, you will say three times that you don’t know me.”