Bible: John 13-16
Washing the Disciples’ Feet
13:1 Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that his time 1 had come to depart 2 from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end. 3 13:2 The evening meal 4 was in progress, and the devil had already put into the heart 5 of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, that he should betray 6 Jesus. 7 13:3 Because Jesus 8 knew that the Father had handed all things over to him, 9 and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 13:4 he got up from the meal, removed 10 his outer clothes, 11 took a towel and tied it around himself. 12 13:5 He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel he had wrapped around himself. 13
13:6 Then he came to Simon Peter. Peter 14 said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash 15 my feet?” 13:7 Jesus replied, 16 “You do not understand 17 what I am doing now, but you will understand 18 after these things.” 13:8 Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet!” 19 Jesus replied, 20 “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 21 13:9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, wash 22 not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!” 13:10 Jesus replied, 23 “The one who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, 24 but is completely 25 clean. 26 And you disciples 27 are clean, but not every one of you.” 13:11 (For Jesus 28 knew the one who was going to betray him. For this reason he said, “Not every one of you is 29 clean.”) 30
13:12 So when Jesus 31 had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, he took his place at the table 32 again and said to them, “Do you understand 33 what I have done for you? 13:13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and do so correctly, 34 for that is what I am. 35 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. 13:15 For I have given you an example 36 – you should do just as I have done for you. 13:16 I tell you the solemn truth, 37 the slave 38 is not greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent as a messenger 39 greater than the one who sent him. 13:17 If you understand 40 these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
The Announcement of Jesus’ Betrayal
13:18 “What I am saying does not refer to all of you. I know the ones I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture, 41 ‘The one who eats my bread 42 has turned against me.’ 43 13:19 I am telling you this now, 44 before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe 45 that I am he. 46 13:20 I tell you the solemn truth, 47 whoever accepts 48 the one I send accepts me, and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” 49
13:21 When he had said these things, Jesus was greatly distressed 50 in spirit, and testified, 51 “I tell you the solemn truth, 52 one of you will betray me.” 53 13:22 The disciples began to look at one another, worried and perplexed 54 to know which of them he was talking about. 13:23 One of his disciples, the one Jesus loved, 55 was at the table 56 to the right of Jesus in a place of honor. 57 13:24 So Simon Peter 58 gestured to this disciple 59 to ask Jesus 60 who it was he was referring to. 61 13:25 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved 62 leaned back against Jesus’ chest and asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 13:26 Jesus replied, 63 “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread 64 after I have dipped it in the dish.” 65 Then he dipped the piece of bread in the dish 66 and gave it to Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son. 13:27 And after Judas 67 took the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. 68 Jesus said to him, 69 “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 13:28 (Now none of those present at the table 70 understood 71 why Jesus 72 said this to Judas. 73 13:29 Some thought that, because Judas had the money box, Jesus was telling him to buy whatever they needed for the feast, 74 or to give something to the poor.) 75 13:30 Judas 76 took the piece of bread and went out immediately. (Now it was night.) 77
The Prediction of Peter’s Denial
13:31 When 78 Judas 79 had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in him. 13:32 If God is glorified in him, 80 God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him right away. 81 13:33 Children, I am still with you for a little while. You will look for me, 82 and just as I said to the Jewish religious leaders, 83 ‘Where I am going you cannot come,’ 84 now I tell you the same. 85
13:34 “I give you a new commandment – to love 86 one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 87 13:35 Everyone 88 will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.”
13:36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, 89 “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, but you will follow later.” 13:37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you!” 90 13:38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? 91 I tell you the solemn truth, 92 the rooster will not crow until you have denied me three times!
Jesus’ Parting Words to His Disciples
14:1 “Do not let your hearts be distressed. 93 You believe in God; 94 believe also in me. 14:2 There are many dwelling places 95 in my Father’s house. 96 Otherwise, I would have told you, because 97 I am going away to make ready 98 a place for you. 99 14:3 And if I go and make ready 100 a place for you, I will come again and take you 101 to be with me, 102 so that where I am you may be too. 14:4 And you know the way where I am going.” 103
14:5 Thomas said, 104 “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 14:6 Jesus replied, 105 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. 106 No one comes to the Father except through me. 14:7 If you have known me, you will know my Father too. 107 And from now on you do know him and have seen him.”
14:8 Philip said, 108 “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be content.” 109 14:9 Jesus replied, 110 “Have I been with you for so long, and you have not known 111 me, Philip? The person who has seen me has seen the Father! How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? 112 The words that I say to you, I do not speak on my own initiative, 113 but the Father residing in me performs 114 his miraculous deeds. 115 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, but if you do not believe me, 116 believe because of the miraculous deeds 117 themselves. 14:12 I tell you the solemn truth, 118 the person who believes in me will perform 119 the miraculous deeds 120 that I am doing, 121 and will perform 122 greater deeds 123 than these, because I am going to the Father. 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, 124 so that the Father may be glorified 125 in the Son. 14:14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
Teaching on the Holy Spirit
14:15 “If you love me, you will obey 126 my commandments. 127 14:16 Then 128 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate 129 to be with you forever – 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, 130 because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he resides 131 with you and will be 132 in you.
14:18 “I will not abandon 133 you as orphans, 134 I will come to you. 135 14:19 In a little while 136 the world will not see me any longer, but you will see me; because I live, you will live too. 14:20 You will know at that time 137 that I am in my Father and you are in me and I am in you. 14:21 The person who has my commandments and obeys 138 them is the one who loves me. 139 The one 140 who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal 141 myself to him.”
14:22 “Lord,” Judas (not Judas Iscariot) 142 said, 143 “what has happened that you are going to reveal 144 yourself to us and not to the world?” 14:23 Jesus replied, 145 “If anyone loves me, he will obey 146 my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him. 147 14:24 The person who does not love me does not obey 148 my words. And the word 149 you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.
14:25 “I have spoken these things while staying 150 with you. 14:26 But the Advocate, 151 the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you 152 everything, 153 and will cause you to remember everything 154 I said to you.
14:27 “Peace I leave with you; 155 my peace I give to you; I do not give it 156 to you as the world does. 157 Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage. 158 14:28 You heard me say to you, 159 ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad 160 that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am. 161 14:29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. 162 14:30 I will not speak with you much longer, 163 for the ruler of this world is coming. 164 He has no power over me, 165 14:31 but I am doing just what the Father commanded me, so that the world may know 166 that I love the Father. 167 Get up, let us go from here.” 168
The Vine and the Branches
15:1 “I am the true vine 169 and my Father is the gardener. 170 15:2 He takes away 171 every branch that does not bear 172 fruit in me. He 173 prunes 174 every branch that bears 175 fruit so that it will bear more fruit. 15:3 You are clean already 176 because of the word that I have spoken to you. 15:4 Remain 177 in me, and I will remain in you. 178 Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, 179 unless it remains 180 in 181 the vine, so neither can you unless you remain 182 in me.
15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains 183 in me – and I in him – bears 184 much fruit, 185 because apart from me you can accomplish 186 nothing. 15:6 If anyone does not remain 187 in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, 188 and are burned up. 189 15:7 If you remain 190 in me and my words remain 191 in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. 192 15:8 My Father is honored 193 by this, that 194 you bear 195 much fruit and show that you are 196 my disciples.
15:9 “Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain 197 in my love. 15:10 If you obey 198 my commandments, you will remain 199 in my love, just as I have obeyed 200 my Father’s commandments and remain 201 in his love. 15:11 I have told you these things 202 so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. 15:12 My commandment is this – to love one another just as I have loved you. 203 15:13 No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life 204 for his friends. 15:14 You are my friends 205 if you do what I command you. 15:15 I no longer call you slaves, 206 because the slave does not understand 207 what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything 208 I heard 209 from my Father. 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you 210 and appointed you to go and bear 211 fruit, fruit that remains, 212 so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 15:17 This 213 I command you – to love one another.
The World’s Hatred
15:18 “If the world hates you, be aware 214 that it hated me first. 215 15:19 If you belonged to the world, 216 the world would love you as its own. 217 However, because you do not belong to the world, 218 but I chose you out of the world, for this reason 219 the world hates you. 220 15:20 Remember what 221 I told you, ‘A slave 222 is not greater than his master.’ 223 If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed 224 my word, they will obey 225 yours too. 15:21 But they will do all these things to you on account of 226 my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. 227 15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. 228 But they no longer have any excuse for their sin. 15:23 The one who hates me hates my Father too. 15:24 If I had not performed 229 among them the miraculous deeds 230 that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. 231 But now they have seen the deeds 232 and have hated both me and my Father. 233 15:25 Now this happened 234 to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without reason.’ 235 15:26 When the Advocate 236 comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he 237 will testify about me, 15:27 and you also will testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
16:1 “I have told you all these things so that you will not fall away. 238 16:2 They will put you out of 239 the synagogue, 240 yet a time 241 is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God. 242 16:3 They 243 will do these things because they have not known the Father or me. 244 16:4 But I have told you these things 245 so that when their time 246 comes, you will remember that I told you about them. 247
“I did not tell you these things from the beginning because I was with you. 248 16:5 But now I am going to the one who sent me, 249 and not one of you is asking me, ‘Where are you going?’ 250 16:6 Instead your hearts are filled with sadness 251 because I have said these things to you. 16:7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I am going away. For if I do not go away, the Advocate 252 will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you. 16:8 And when he 253 comes, he will prove the world wrong 254 concerning sin and 255 righteousness and 256 judgment – 16:9 concerning sin, because 257 they do not believe in me; 258 16:10 concerning righteousness, 259 because 260 I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 16:11 and concerning judgment, 261 because 262 the ruler of this world 263 has been condemned. 264
16:12 “I have many more things to say to you, 265 but you cannot bear 266 them now. 16:13 But when he, 267 the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide 268 you into all truth. 269 For he will not speak on his own authority, 270 but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you 271 what is to come. 272 16:14 He 273 will glorify me, 274 because he will receive 275 from me what is mine 276 and will tell it to you. 277 16:15 Everything that the Father has is mine; that is why I said the Spirit 278 will receive from me what is mine 279 and will tell it to you. 280 16:16 In a little while you 281 will see me no longer; again after a little while, you 282 will see me.” 283
16:17 Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What is the meaning of what he is saying, 284 ‘In a little while you 285 will not see me; again after a little while, you 286 will see me,’ and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 287 16:18 So they kept on repeating, 288 “What is the meaning of what he says, 289 ‘In a little while’? 290 We do not understand 291 what he is talking about.” 292
16:19 Jesus could see 293 that they wanted to ask him about these things, 294 so 295 he said to them, “Are you asking 296 each other about this – that I said, ‘In a little while you 297 will not see me; again after a little while, you 298 will see me’? 16:20 I tell you the solemn truth, 299 you will weep 300 and wail, 301 but the world will rejoice; you will be sad, 302 but your sadness will turn into 303 joy. 16:21 When a woman gives birth, she has distress 304 because her time 305 has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being 306 has been born into the world. 307 16:22 So also you have sorrow 308 now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. 309 16:23 At that time 310 you will ask me nothing. I tell you the solemn truth, 311 whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 312 16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive it, 313 so that your joy may be complete.
16:25 “I have told you these things in obscure figures of speech; 314 a time 315 is coming when I will no longer speak to you in obscure figures, but will tell you 316 plainly 317 about the Father. 16:26 At that time 318 you will ask in my name, and I do not say 319 that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 16:27 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 320 16:28 I came from the Father and entered into the world, but in turn, 321 I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” 322
16:29 His disciples said, “Look, now you are speaking plainly 323 and not in obscure figures of speech! 324 16:30 Now we know that you know everything 325 and do not need anyone 326 to ask you anything. 327 Because of this 328 we believe that you have come from God.”
16:31 Jesus replied, 329 “Do you now believe? 16:32 Look, a time 330 is coming – and has come – when you will be scattered, each one to his own home, 331 and I will be left alone. 332 Yet 333 I am not alone, because my Father 334 is with me. 16:33 I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, 335 but take courage 336 – I have conquered the world.” 337