John 13

1It was almost time for the Jewish Passover festival. Jesus knew that it was time for him to leave this world. It was now time for Jesus to go back to the Father. Jesus had always loved those people in the world who were his. Now was the time Jesus showed them his love the most. 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.) 3The Father had given Jesus power over everything. Jesus knew this. Jesus also knew that he had come from God. And he knew that he was going back to God. 4While they were eating, Jesus stood up and took off his robe. Jesus got a towel and wrapped the towel around his waist. 5Then Jesus poured water into a pitcher. He began to wash the followers’ feet. He dried their feet with the towel that was wrapped around his waist. 6Jesus came to Simon Peter. But Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, you should not wash my feet.” 7Jesus answered, “You don’t know what I am doing now. But later you will understand.” 8Peter said, “No! You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “If I don’t wash your feet, then you cannot be 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 a bath, his whole body is clean. He needs only to wash his feet. And you men are clean, but not every one of you.” 11Jesus knew who would turn against him. That is why Jesus said, “Not every one of you is clean.” 12Jesus finished washing their feet. Then he put on his clothes and went back to the table. Jesus asked, “Do you understand what I did for you? 13You call me 'Teacher.’ And you call me 'Lord.’ And this is right, because that is what I am. 14I am your Lord and Teacher. But I washed your feet ˻like a servant˼. So you also should wash each other’s feet. 15I did this as an example for you. So you should do ˻for each other˼ like I did for you. 16I tell you the truth. A servant is not greater than his master. The person that is sent to do something is not greater than the one that 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 the people I have chosen. But what the Scripture said must happen: 'The man that shared my food has turned against me.’ 19I am telling you this now before it happens. Then when it happens you will believe that I AM. 20I tell you the truth. The person that accepts anyone I send also accepts me. And the person that accepts me also accepts the One who sent me.” 21After Jesus said these things, he felt very troubled. Jesus said openly, “I tell you the truth. One of you will be against me.” 22Jesus’ followers all looked at each other. They did not understand who the person was that Jesus was talking about. 23One of the followers was next to Jesus and was leaning close to him. This was the follower that Jesus loved. 24Simon Peter made signs to this follower to ask Jesus who the person was that he was talking about. 25That follower leaned closer to Jesus and asked, “Lord, who is it that will be against you?” 26Jesus answered, “I will dip this bread into the dish. The man I give it to is the man that will turn against me.” So Jesus took a piece of bread. He dipped it and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27When Judas took the bread, Satan ˻(the devil)˼ 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. 29Judas was the one that kept the money box ˻for the group˼. So some of the followers thought that Jesus meant for Judas to go and buy some things they needed for the feast. Or they thought that Jesus wanted Judas to go give something to the poor people. 30Judas accepted the bread Jesus gave him. Then Judas went out. It was night. 31When Judas was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man receives his glory. And God receives glory through the Son of Man. 32If God receives glory through him, then God will give glory to the Son through himself. God will give him glory quickly.” 33Jesus said, “My children, I will be with you only a short time more. You will look for me. And what I told the Jewish leaders, 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 like I loved you. 35All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.” 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 give your life for me? I tell you the truth. Before the rooster crows, you will say three times that you don’t know me.”

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