John 13 Reading Guide

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Chapter Summary

  • v1-20 - The action slows way down now in John's gospel, and the next five chapters will be mostly Jesus talking and teaching His twelve disciples.

  • In v3, we read that Jesus "knew that the Father had put all things under His power."

  • What would you do if you knew that all things had been put under your power? None of us would make the first two choices Jesus did:

  • To allow one of His closest followers to betray Him (v21-30);

  • To suddenly get up from the meal and perform one of the most menial tasks there is: washing feet.

  • Peter, of course, famously refuses to let Jesus wash his feet.

  • Jesus replies that unless Peter allow Jesus to serve him, he would have no part in Jesus.

  • Peter then immediately changes his mind and goes all in.

  • After finishing, Jesus tells His disciples (and us) to model the servant leadership He'd just demonstrated.

  • The ironic thing is that as we make it our goal to serve others,

  • we will be the ones who are blessed (v17)!

  • v21-30 - Jesus allows Judas to betray Him. What would cause Judas to want to do this after everything he's seen Jesus do and say?

  • We've been looking at the significance of what John meant as he wrote the often used phrase 'believe in Jesus,' and how we are to understand that as 'believing