John 13



This chapter is notable for its emphasis on humility, servanthood, and love, encapsulated in the symbolic act of Jesus washing the disciples' feet. The betrayal of Judas and the foretelling of Peter's denial add a layer of tension as the narrative progresses towards the events of Jesus' arrest and crucifixion.


  1. Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet (John 13:1-20): Jesus, aware that his hour has come, demonstrates humility and servanthood by washing the feet of his disciples during the Last Supper. He uses this act as an example of love and servitude, urging his disciples to follow his lead.
  2. The Betrayal Foretold (John 13:21-30): Jesus reveals that one of his disciples will betray him. Judas, upon receiving a piece of bread from Jesus, leaves to carry out his betrayal. The other disciples are perplexed, not fully understanding the significance of the moment.
  3. A New Commandment (John 13:31-38): Jesus speaks of his impending departure and issues a new commandment: to love one another as he has loved them. Peter declares his loyalty, but Jesus predicts Peter's denial before the rooster crows.