A New Command

John 13:1-17

1Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
2During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him,
3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God,
4*got up from supper, and *laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.
5Then He *poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
6So He *came to Simon Peter. He *said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?”
7Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.”
8Peter *said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
9Simon Peter *said to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.”
10Jesus *said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.
11For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?
13“You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.
14“If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15“For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.
16“Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him.
17“If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.