129 Jesus washes the disciples’ feet.

Luke 22:24–27; John 13:3–17

After all that Jesus had said about greatness in the Kingdom, what could have prompted another argument (Luke 22:24)?

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Jesus knew who he was, with complete power from the Father. He had come from God and would return to God. To what extent were the disciples aware of this (John 13:3)?

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What did the disciples think when Jesus got up from the table and began to wash their feet (John 13:4–6)?

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After seeing Jesus wash other disciples’ feet, why did Peter protest (John 13:6–8)?

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What moved Peter from protest to total participation (John 13:8–9)?

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Why did washing everyone’s feet make all the disciples clean except for Judas (John 13:10–11)?

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What important lesson did Jesus teach through his example (John 13:12)?

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How well did the disciples understand what Jesus was saying (Luke 22:25–27)?

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What does it mean to be “Christ-like” (John 13:13–15)?

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Why is great pleasure found in serving others (John 13:16–17)?

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The disciples got into an argument over which one of them would be considered greatest in the Kingdom.

Eyewitness

Luke 22:24 The disciples got into an argument over which one of them would be considered greatest in the Kingdom.
King James

Luke 22:24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

Jesus was fully aware of who he was and that the Father had given him complete power. He had come from God and would return to God. He rose from the table, set aside his outer garment, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After pouring water into a basin, he washed each disciple’s feet and dried them with the towel—until he reached Simon Peter.

Eyewitness

John 13:3–6 Jesus was fully aware of who he was and that the Father had given him complete power. He had come from God and would return to God. He rose from the table, set aside his outer garment, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After pouring water into a basin, he washed each disciple’s feet and dried them with the towel—until he reached Simon Peter. “Master,” Peter said, “are you going to wash my feet?”
King James

John 13:3–6 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 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. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

“Master,” Peter said, “are you going to wash my feet?”

Eyewitness

John 13:6 until he reached Simon Peter. “Master,” Peter said, “are you going to wash my feet?”
King James

John 13:6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

“Right now, you do not understand what I am doing, but you will.”

Eyewitness

John 13:7 “Right now, you do not understand what I am doing, but you will.”
King James

John 13:7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

“You are not going to wash my feet.”

Eyewitness

John 13:8 “You are not going to wash my feet.” “If I do not,” Jesus said, “we cannot be together.”
King James

John 13:8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

“If I do not,” Jesus said, “we cannot be together.”

Eyewitness

John 13:8 “You are not going to wash my feet.” “If I do not,” Jesus said, “we cannot be together.”
King James

John 13:8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

“In that case, do not stop with my feet. Wash my hands and my head as well.”

Eyewitness

John 13:9 “In that case, do not stop with my feet. Wash my hands and my head as well.”
King James

John 13:9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

“Those who have bathed need only wash their feet to be clean. You are clean, but not everyone.” Because he knew who would betray him, he said, “Not everyone.”

Eyewitness

John 13:10–11 Those who have bathed need only wash their feet to be clean. You are clean, but not everyone.” Because he knew who would betray him, he said, “Not everyone.”
King James

John 13:10–11 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. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

After he had washed everyone’s feet, he dressed and returned to his place at the table. “Do you understand what I have done? Pagan kings exercise power over their subjects and are honored as if they cared for the people. You shall not be like them. The greatest among you must behave as the least. The leader is the one who serves. Who is greater, the man who sits at the table or the one who serves him? You think it is the one at the table, but I am with you as a servant.

Eyewitness

Luke 22:25–27 Jesus said to them, “Pagan kings exercise power over their subjects and are honored as if they cared for the people. You shall not be like them. The greatest among you must behave as the least. The leader is the one who serves. Who is greater, the man who sits at the table or the one who serves him? You think it is the one at the table, but I am with you as a servant.
John 13:12 After he had washed everyone’s feet, he dressed and returned to his place at the table. “Do you understand what I have done?
King James

Luke 22:25–27 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
John 13:12 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?

“You do well to call me Teacher and Master, for that is who I am. Since I am your teacher and master and I have served you, you should serve one another. I have given you an example, so you should do for others as I have done for you.

Eyewitness

John 13:13–15 “You do well to call me Teacher and Master, for that is who I am. Since I am your teacher and master and I have served you, you should serve one another. I have given you an example, so you should do for others as I have done for you.
King James

John 13:13–15 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

“I cannot overemphasize this truth: the servant is not greater than his master. The messenger is not greater than the one who sent the message. Knowing the truth is not enough. You must do the serving to experience true happiness.”

Eyewitness

John 13:16–17 “I cannot overemphasize this truth: the servant is not greater than his master. The messenger is not greater than the one who sent the message. Knowing the truth is not enough. You must do the serving to experience true happiness.
King James

John 13:16–17 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. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.