1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. -“This is agape love; this is a love without condition and love without limits.
John 13:2 (9:32)
2 And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him,
3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, -“John wants us to understand that Jesus was doing that in spite of the fact disciples did not love him the way they were supposed to love him. They loved him with phileo love, a conditional love. They were on the wrong side of love.”
4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
6 Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?”
7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” -“The whole purpose for us is to love. It isn’t to be loved it’s to give love, to exercise love.”
8 Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” -“Jesus is saying my dignity is exercised in the love that I give.”
10 Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”
11 For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.”
12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? -“What Jesus is illustrating to the disciple is when you are filled with agape love, it isn’t what you are receiving that matters, but what you are giving that matters.”
13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.
14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.
17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. -“Jesus wants them to understand is, if they are going to love the lost, they have to love each other.”
The New Commandment
John 13:31-34 (24:43)
31 So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him.
32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately.
33 Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you.
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
-“When Jesus is teaching this truth, whose feet did he wash. The disciples, who scattered and forsook him, peter who denied him three times, he even washed the feet of Judas Iscariot who sold him for thirty pieces of sliver. That is Unconditional love without limitations, that is love illustrated.”