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John 13 Commentary of the Bible

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The Towel Wearers  ( John 13:1-20 )  Sunday Message

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The passage begins, as you know, with a parable in action. Rather than a discourse or a message, it begins with the deeds of Jesus, the acts of Jesus, in the washing of the disciples' feet. And in that remarkable event, simple as it was, and yet strange in many ways, the Apostle John sees some very deep and remarkable meaning. There are two movements which John sees in this event, and he gathers them up in the preface to this account. John sees it first as the evidence and the demonstration of the unchanging love of Jesus for his disciples. He says,

Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. (John 13:1 RSV)

Please don't be confused, as some have been, by the opening words, "before the feast of the Passover." This has presented a problem to some who have struggled with the chronology of this event and have felt that these words date the feast of the Lord's supper as taking place before the feast of the Passover. That would be contrary to what the other Gospels record. But John is not linking this phrase with the subsequent event of the washing of the disciples' feet. He is referring back to the time when Jesus discovered that his hour had come.

Servant Authority  ( John 13:1-17 )  Sunday Message

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One of the striking characteristics of our day is the passionate concern which we frequently see expressed over who is to blame for certain disasters that have been part of our recent national history. We have just seen the conclusion of separate libel suits by two famous generals, one an Israeli and one an American, over two widely debated disasters which occurred. We find this apportioning of blame at every level of life -- in the home, in government, even in the world of sports.

A Living Parable  ( John 13:1-2 )  Daily Devotion

It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. (John 13:1)

At Judas' Feet   ( John 13:1-20 )  Sunday Message

As we look at this passage in John 13, it is important that we understand the situation the Lord faced as he did these things and uttered these words to his disciples in the Upper Room. This was his darkest hour. Less than twenty-four hours later, he went to the cross.

The Drama Of Redemption  ( John 13:3-5 )  Daily Devotion

After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. (John 13:5)

Prideful Humility  ( John 13:6-9 )  Daily Devotion

No, said Peter, you shall never wash my feet. Jesus answered, Unless I wash you, you have no part with me. (John 13:8)

Body Life — Ch 10: Keeping the Body Healthy  ( John 13:7-35 )  Online Book

Josiah Henson was born into slavery in the American South. As a young boy, he saw members of his own family worked to death, beaten to death, and sold to other slave-owners. He was able to escape to the North, where he became a well-known public speaker and a leader in the movement to abolish slavery. Some years after the Civil War brought an end to slavery, Henson took a trip to England, where he gave a speech that was heard by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Archbishop was impressed by the stately bearing and eloquent speaking ability of this former slave.

When You Don't Need A Bath!  ( John 13:10-11 )  Daily Devotion

Jesus answered A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. (John 13:10a)

Honored Servants  ( John 13:12-17 )  Sunday Message

Christian discipleship is always counterculture, no matter what age or area of the world you find it in. One of the clearest statements that we are to live in a way that is counter to our culture is Jesus' insistence that the one who will be first must be the slave of all (Mark 10:44), that greatness comes in service, that giving your life away is the way to find it. This peculiar way of understanding what it means to be an effective human being is at odds with what seems reasonable to natural thinking.

Washing Feet  ( John 13:12-17 )  Daily Devotion

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. (John 13:14)

What does Jesus mean when He says that we ought to wash one another's feet? Some Christians have taken this very literally and have thought that our Lord was here instituting another sacrament.

No Other Way  ( John 13:18-20 )  Daily Devotion

But this is to fulfill the scripture: He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against me. I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He. I tell you the truth, ... whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me. (John 13:18b-20)

The One Commandment  ( John 13:18-38 )  Sunday Message

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At times I grow tired of the ugliness of our world. Sickening reports of violence, rape, murder, drug traffic, pornography and child abuse are flung at us constantly by television and newspapers. It's enough to make you want to either fade out or blow the whole mess up. In our local paper last week there was a story that President Reagan, Constantin Chernenko of the Soviet Union and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of Britain were each given one wish they could have fulfilled.

Judas and Peter  ( John 13:21-38 )  Sunday Message

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This morning we return to the Upper Room Discourse, found in the thirteenth through the seventeenth chapters of John. We have only recently started looking at these last words of Jesus before the cross. Here in this thirteenth chapter we have a fascinating account of the understanding of Jesus of all the events which led to his death.

The Point Of No Return  ( John 13:21-30 )  Daily Devotion

As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night. (John 13:30)

The Secret Of Glory  ( John 13:31-35 )  Daily Devotion

When he was gone, Jesus said, Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. (John 13:31-32)

Betrayal Or Denial?  ( John 13:36-38 )  Daily Devotion

I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times! (John 13:38b)

Judas betrayed Jesus; Peter denied his Lord. What is the difference between these two men? What is the difference between betrayal and denial?