Power in a Culture of Corruption (WE)
1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus answered him, “You don’t understand now what I’m doing, but someday you will.”
8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never wash my feet!”
Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”
10 Jesus said to him, “Those who have a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said not everyone was clean.
12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what 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 also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, no servant is greater than his master, nor a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”