John 13:1-20 - Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet

1 Now before the passover festival Jesus knew the time had come for him to pass from this world to the Father. He had loved his own in this world and he loved them to the end;

2 so at supper, knowing that though the devil had suggested to Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, 3 the Father had put everything into his hands ??knowing that he had come from God and was going to God, 4 he rose from table, laid aside his robe, and tied a towel round him, 5 then poured water into a basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples, wiping them with the towel he had tied round him.

6 He came to Simon Peter. "Lord," said he, "you to wash my feet!"

7 Jesus answered him, "You do not understand just now what I am doing, but you will understand it later on."

8 Said Peter, "You will never wash my feet, never!" "Unless I wash you," Jesus replied, "you will not share my lot."

9 "Lord," said Simon Peter, "then wash not only my feet but my hands and head."

10 Jesus said, "He who has bathed only needs to have his feet washed; he is clean all over. And you are clean ??but not all of you" 11 (he knew the traitor; that was why he said, "You are not all clean").

12 Then, after washing their feet and putting on his robe, he lay down again. "Do you know," he said to them, "what I have been doing to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right: that is what I am. 14 Well, if I have washed your feet, I who am your Lord and Teacher, you are bound to wash one another's feet; 15 for I have been setting you an example, that you should do what I have done to you.

16 Truly, truly I tell you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know all this, blessed are you if you really do it. 18 When I say 'you,' I do not mean you all; I know the men of my choice, and I made my choice that this scripture might be fulfilled, he who eats my bread has lifted up his heel against me.

19 I am telling you this now, before it occurs, so that when it has occurred you may believe who I am. 20 (Truly, truly I tell you, he who receives anyone I send receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me.)"