John Chapter 13
Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 3, 2013
John 13:1-5 NLTse Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. (2) It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. (3) Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. (4) So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, (5) and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.
Ever hear sermons with a graphic description of how dirty the disciples feet were? They go on and on about how Jesus humiliated Himself then search for some earthly example to illustrate their point while they ignore the context of the chapter. Look at a few details.
John 13:7 NLTse Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
John 13:12-15 NLTse After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? (13) You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. (14) And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. (15) I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.
Jesus told them they did not understand. He also reminded them He was a teacher. So what did Jesus teach them before this point? Did they remember? How do we find learn what Jesus taught?
John 13:27 NLTse When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.”
John 13:34-35 NLTse So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. (35) Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
This also contains two seemly unrelated themes, love and Judas, the one who betrayed Jesus. When we combine all the elements, what do we have? Jesus taught them to always look back at the previous story to see the sequence of events. Look what we see when we look back.
John 12:1-7 NLTse Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus–the man he had raised from the dead. (2) A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. (3) Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance. (4) But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, (5) “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” (6) Not that he cared for the poor–he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. (7) Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial.
How can anyone miss the common elements?
Jesus was never teaching anything about making brownie points with Him by performing disgusting acts. Jesus was simply continuing to teach the disciples how to look back and compare the events the Holy Spirit prepared in their lives. He was also pointing them back to the act of unselfish, unconditional love Mary displayed. This is the lesson Jesus is teaching.
13:18 NLTse “I am not saying these things to all of you; I know the ones I have chosen. But this fulfills the Scripture that says, ‘The one who eats my food has turned against me.’
Once again Jesus points His disciples back to scripture. Once again we receive a fuller picture when we take time to look.
Psalms 41:5-9 NLTse But my enemies say nothing but evil about me. “How soon will he die and be forgotten?” they ask. (6) They visit me as if they were my friends, but all the while they gather gossip, and when they leave, they spread it everywhere. (7) All who hate me whisper about me, imagining the worst. (8) “He has some fatal disease,” they say. “He will never get out of that bed!” (9) Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me.
The next lesson also requires a look back in scripture.
John 13:27-28 NLTse When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.” (28) None of the others at the table knew what Jesus meant.
As strange as it may seem, the same event marked the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.
Mark 1:16-29 NLTse One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. (17) Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” (18) And they left their nets at once and followed him. (19) A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. (20) He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men. (21) Jesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue and began to teach. (22) The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority–quite unlike the teachers of religious law. (23) Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit began shouting, (24) “Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One sent from God!” (25) Jesus cut him short. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. (26) At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him. (27) Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. “What sort of new teaching is this?” they asked excitedly. “It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!” (28) The news about Jesus spread quickly throughout the entire region of Galilee. (29) After Jesus left the synagogue with James and John, they went to Simon and Andrew’s home.
Jesus’ first disciples saw a demon possessed man in a synagogue. No one in the synagogue knew the man was possessed by a demon, just like no one saw the demon that possessed Judas. Its scary to think people are walking around controlled by demons and we have no way of seeing it.
Everyone is one step away from denying Jesus. Everyone sees things they think are right in their own eyes when in fact they are putting Jesus on …..