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Dave Burnette's Commentary

John Chapter 13 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (85-90 AD)
Overview: Eternal Life is in Jesus-Christ Alone (c 1-21)
Theme: Death and Resurrection of Jesus, The Son of God (c 13-21)
Message: Jesus Addresses His Disciples (v 1-38)

John 13 Commentary

(13:1-20) Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet - The pace of John’s writing slowed remarkably beginning with chapter 13. The first twelve chapters cover three years; the next six chapters cover one night.

(13:21-30) Jesus and the disciples Share the Last Supper - At this point in the dinner, the mood shifted, partly as a reflection of the ominous tone Jesus used in verse 18. Apparently the food was on the table, and they may have already been eating. Moments later, in answer to John’s direct question, Jesus indicated his knowledge of Judas’s betrayal by handing him the bread that he had dipped in the bowl. The rest of the disciples could not understand the meaning of Judas’s abrupt departure.

(13:31-38) Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial - After Judas’s departure, Jesus spoke of his own glorification and referred to the brief time they would still have together. With a sense of urgency, he commanded them to love each other. He indicated that this single characteristic would set them apart from the world as his disciples. Peter wanted to know where Jesus was planning to go so that they could not go with him. Jesus simply restated that his destination would not be theirs until later. Ironically, Peter came close to the truth when he suggested that he would not even allow death to keep him from following Jesus. With profound compassion, which Peter could not possibly fathom until later, Jesus pointed out that Peter was not ready to lay down his life. That disqualified Peter from going with Jesus at this time. Peter would, in fact, shortly deny that he even knew Jesus.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

To Lead is to Serve

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of John with Chapter 13. In our text today we see Jesus teaching His disciples as He washes their feet before the last supper. In making application we see in the washing of feet Jesus shows us His way of being a leader is to be a servant. Today, as Christians, we are to lead through the serving of others to show the true nature of the love of Jesus-Christ. How about you? Do you serve others? Let us learn from our text today and the example of Jesus to see that His way of being a leader is to serve others even as Jesus served us by going to the Cross and providing a way for us to be saved and be forgiven of our Sin. 


John 13

John 13

 1Now 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.

 2And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

 3Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

 4He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

 5After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

 6Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

 7Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

 8Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

 9Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

 10Jesus 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.

 11For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

 12So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

 13Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

 14If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.

 15For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

 16Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

 17If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

 18I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

 19Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.

 20Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

 21When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

 22Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.

 23Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

 24Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.

 25He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?

 26Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

 27And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

 28Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.

 29For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.

 30He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.

 31Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

 32If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.

 33Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.

 34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

 35By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 36Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

 37Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.

 38Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.