The Gospel of John, The Period of Conference, Transition, Christ Washes His Disciple's Feet, Part IV, John 13:1-11 - Lesson 112
In closing out his public ministry John tells us in John 12:36 that Jesus departed, and did hide himself from them.
His own, that is, the nation of Israel, received him not.
But his ministry was not finished to his disciples.
In chapter 13 we enter into his intimate ministry to those that he called to serve as disciples.
Even knowing that his hour had come, indeed the very week, Jesus Christ continued to love those whom the Father had given him.
Jesus Christ demonstrates to his disciples and to all believers what he said in:
Mat 20:27,28, And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Jesus Christ is chief among us yet he came to seek and to save, he came as a servant and demonstrated that service by doing.
The perfect example of servant hood is demonstrated in this passage.
Read Verses John 13:1-11, Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; 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 basin, 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? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. 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.