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OEB YHN Chapter 13

YHN 13 ©

13Before the Passover Festival began, Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave the world and go to the Father. He had loved those who were his own in the world, and he loved them to the last. 2The devil had already put the thought of betraying Jesus into the mind of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon; 3and at supper, Jesus – although knowing that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God, and was to return to God – 4rose from his place, and, taking off his upper garments, tied a towel round his waist. 5He then poured some water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel which was tied round him. 6When he came to Simon Peter, Peter said, ‘You, Master! Are you going to wash my feet?’

7‘You do not understand now what I am doing,’ replied Jesus, ‘but you will learn by and by.’

8‘You will never wash my feet!’ exclaimed Peter. ‘Unless I wash you,’ answered Jesus, ‘you have nothing in common with me.’

9‘Then, Master, not my feet only,’ exclaimed Simon Peter, ‘but also my hands and my head.’

10‘He who has bathed,’ replied Jesus, ‘has no need to wash, unless it be his feet, but is altogether clean; and you,’ he said to the disciples, ‘are clean, yet not all of you.’ 11For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said “You are not all clean.” 12When he had washed their feet, and had put on his upper garments and taken his place, he spoke to them again. ‘Do you understand what I have been doing to you?’ he asked. 13‘You yourselves call me “the teacher” and “the Master”, and you are right, for I am both. 14If I, then – “the Master” and “the teacher” – have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet; 15for I have given you an example, so that you may do just as I have done to you. 16In truth I tell you, a servant is not greater than their master, neither is a messenger greater than the one who sends them. 17Now that you know these things, happy are you if you do them. 18I am not speaking about all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but this is in fulfilment of the words of scripture – “He that is eating my bread has lifted his heel against me.” 19For the future I will tell you of things before they take place, so that, when they take place, you may believe that I am what I am. 20In truth I tell you, the one who receives anyone that I send receives me; and the person who receives me receives him who sent me.’ 21After saying this, Jesus was much troubled, and said solemnly, ‘In truth I tell you that it is one of you who will betray me.’ 22The disciples looked at one another, wondering whom he meant. 23Next to Jesus, in the place on his right hand, was one of his disciples, whom he loved. 24So Simon Peter made signs to that disciple, and whispered, ‘Tell me who it is that he means.’ 25Being in this position, that disciple leant back on Jesus’ shoulder, and asked him, ‘Who is it, Master?’

26‘It is the one,’ answered Jesus, ‘to whom I will give a piece of bread after dipping it in the dish.’ And, when Jesus had dipped the bread, he took it and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot; 27and it was then, after he had received it, that Satan took possession of him. So Jesus said to him, ‘Do at once what you are going to do.’ 28But no one at the table understood why he said this to Judas. 29Some thought that, as Judas kept the purse, Jesus meant that he was to buy some things needed for the Festival, or to give something to the poor. 30After taking the piece of bread, Judas went out immediately; and it was night.Titleless Section Break

31When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been exalted, and God has been exalted through him; 32and God will exalt him with himself – yes, he will exalt him forthwith. 33My children, I am to be with you but a little while longer. You will look for me; and what I said to the people – “You cannot come where I am going” – I now say to you. 34I give you a new commandment – love one another; love one another as I have loved you. 35It is by this that everyone will recognise you as my disciples – by your loving one another.’

36‘Where are you going, Master?’ asked Peter. ‘I am going where you cannot now follow me,’ answered Jesus, ‘but you will follow me later.’

37‘Why cannot I follow you now, Master?’ asked Peter. ‘I will lay down my life for you.’

38‘Will you lay down your life for me?’ replied Jesus. ‘In truth I tell you, the cock will not crow until you have disowned me three times.

YHN 13 ©