John Lesson 17 Day 2

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John Lesson 17 Day 2

Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

John 13:1-5

Between the end of chapter 12 and the beginning of chapter 13, Jesus cursed the fig tree (Matthew 21:18-22), cleansed the temple a second time (Matthew 21:12-17), more attacks from the Jewish leaders and Jesus answers with parables (Luke 20:1-19), teachings about rendering to Caesar and teachings on the resurrection (Mark 12:13-17), The great commandment, the widow’s mite, Jesus’ prophecy about the end times, Judas’ conspiracy, and Jesus eating the Passover with his disciples.

3. Jesus knew.

“Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father.” From John 13:1 NIV

He also knew Judas already made arrangements to betray him to the Jewish leaders, and that Peter and all the disciples would deny him and run away that very night.

In John 13:2 the Aramaic reads, “Satan arose in the heart of Judas to betray Jesus.”

4. a. Jesus’ love for the twelve

He gave the disciples “decisive and constant proofs of his love” by “calling them to follow him, by patiently teaching them; by bearing with their errors and weaknesses; and by making them the heralds of his truth and the heirs of eternal life.” (Barnes)

John 3:16 makes it clear that God loved the whole world and gave his son. So Jesus also loves the world. “It isn’t so much that Jesus’ love is different, but the dynamic of the love relationship is different. The love of Jesus for his own is greater because it has a response, and love answers to love.” (Guzik)

Even though Jesus knew Judas’ evil plan, he washed his feet anyway in love and humility.

b. He loved them to the end.

The Greek word translated end in the NIV, ESV, and others means “the utmost degree of an act” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary) rather than a length of time. After writing this sentence, John goes on to share Jesus’ act of love and humility.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) He didn’t withdraw his love from Judas.

“For the Lord…will never abandon the godly.” Psalms 37:28 (NLT)

“…But there is a [true, loving] friend who [is reliable and] sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 (AMP)

5. Passover

Exodus 12 Gives instruction for the observance of the Passover feast and how to choose, prepare, and eat a spotless lamb.

John 1:29 “Look, the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” NIV

Jesus knew that his hour had come. In John 12:23-27 he said “the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” He went on to speak of the kernel of wheat falling to the ground and dying to produce many seeds.

In John 13:3, John emphasizes “that Jesus knew the full extent of who he was and the power he had been given, to dramatize just how much Jesus humbled himself when he washed hi disciples’ feet.” (Andrew’s Life for Today Study Bible Notes, Note 2.)


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