John 13:1-17 – Washing the Disciples Feet

*What happened last week? Palm Sunday


Read John 13:1

1 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. 


*How many days was this Passover  feast  from Palm Sunday?

*What day did Jesus die on the cross?  Good Friday

*If Passover was a day before Good Friday, what day was this?  Thursday night

*What is Passover?  The Jews were delivered from Egypt.  There were plagues to cause the Egyptians to want the Jews to live.

*What was the last plague, the final one?  Death of the first born

*What did the Jews have to do to stop the death of their first born?  Put lamb’s blood on the door post and the first born son would not die, they would be passed over and not die.

*Thinking of the Passover, how does this compare to Jesus? Jesus is our Passover lamb, he died to deliver us from death.


Read John 13:2-5

2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 

3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 

4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 

5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. 


*Why would Jesus do this? It was the lowest servant’s job to wash the feet of the guest who came in from the dirty world.

*How did their feet get dirty? They wore sandals, walk in the dirt.  The world makes peoples feet dirty.

*Would you like to clean someone’s dirty feet?

*By doing this what is Jesus demonstrating?  That we should be humble like him and put other’s needs before ours.


Read John 13:6-8

6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 

7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” 

8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.” 


*Why didn’t Peter want him to wash his feet?  Jesus was his master, he did not want to appear about Jesus.

*Would you want Jesus to wash your feet?

*Why did Jesus say unless I wash your feet you will have no part in Him? Why not? Jesus did this to demonstrate how he washes away the dirt or sin of the world in our lives.  Unless you allow Jesus to cleanse you of your sin, you can have to part of Him.

*So is one feet cleaning good and you are done? What about when they leave and their feet get dirty again?  Daily we should ask for forgiveness of our sins.  Daily we sin not only by what we do but what we fail to do.


Read John 13:9-11

9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!” 

10 Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” 

11 For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 


*Who would betray Jesus?  Judas

*When are you clean spiritually?  When you become saved

*Once saved can you become saved again or is once enough? Once is enough

*But forgiveness, do we need forgiveness often? yes


Read John 13:12-13

12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 

13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 

14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 

15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 

16 I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 

17 Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them. 


*Did Jesus mean for us to physically wash each other’s feet? No

*What should we do to spiritually wash each other’s feet?  Forgive one another, give, love, show compassion, think of other’s needs above our own

*What are we blessed for?  Showing humility to help others

*Are we slaves? Yes, we are slaves to the Gospel.

*Who is our master? Jesus

*Who is the messenger? We are all messengers for Christ, to spread the Good News

*Who sends the message?  Jesus, he is the Word

*Since we are just slaves, just messengers how important is it to do what the master tells us to do?