John 13:1-5
John 13:1 (KJB)
Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
The Jews had been after Jesus for a long time and wanted to arrest Him so they could have Him executed and be rid of Him. Now was the time they had been allowed to seize Him. Up until this divinely appointed time, they were unable, better yet, disallowed by divine decree from apprehending Him. His earthly ministry was about to come to an end and He would then go back to His Heavenly Father. The last part of this verse is troubling to the universalist that believes God loves everyone. This verse states that Jesus loved a specific group of people and that was the ones who were His true disciples, the saved ones. The ones whom Jesus loved were the ones that He died for. (Mat 1:21 KJV) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 does not state that He came to save the whole world from their sins but only His people. His people are born again Christians. That is the group which He loved and that is the group which He died for to make payment for their sins. (Col 2:13-14 KJV) And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; {14} Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Colossians 2:13-14 does not state that He nailed the handwriting of ordinances of every person in the world. Notice the word God uses in verse 14 “to us.” “Us” means a specific group. Let us say there are four friends at my house and I say let’s order pizza for dinner. I will order enough for the five of us and not for the whole neighborhood. It is the same with salvation. God named a specific people He was going to save from the foundation of the world. (Eph 1:4 KJV) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
John 13:2 (KJB)
And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;
(Luke 22:3 KJV) Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. After they had partook of the Last Supper, then Satan made his move with his disciple, Judas. He entered into him to have him betray Jesus to the authorities. Satan was being used by God as the one who would instigate the betrayal at the correct time. These two verses should be looked at very carefully by those in the Charismatic movement. They are always talking about casting out demons and here is the prince of the demons entering into Judas and no one else at the table knew it except Jesus. All this babbling and shaking that you see at these Charismatic cabarets are all nothing but staged performances for the purpose of raping your wallet.
John 13:3 (KJB)
Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
Jesus was fully conscious of all that the Father had placed into His hands. His rightful place as Son of God, the head of the church, total authority over the creation, the judgment of the unbelievers, and the salvation of the elect. He had been sent by God and very soon He would be returning to God. This shows His deity especially for the act He is about to perform. It almost doesn’t fit the divine character of Jesus, yet it fits perfectly.
John 13:4 (KJB)
He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
Jesus then rose from the table where they ate and then laid aside the long flowing garments which He had on. He then took a towel which was the sign of a servant which was also used as a drying cloth. When they came into the supper, there was no servant there to wash the feet of those who were eating at the table. Here the God of the universe is about to perform a task which was given to a slave which was the lowest social class in the ancient world. Some of the million dollar a year pastors ought to take a lesson from this and that doesn‘t mean a visit to the youth car wash.
John 13:5 (KJB)
After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
Jesus then poured water into a basin and He started to wash the feet of the disciples. Then after He washed them, He wiped them dry with the towel. The feet were probably the most unclean part of the body because in ancient times, they did not have socks but wore open sandals which means the feet were exposed and retained dust and small pebbles. When the feet were washed, it felt good because it was refreshing. Did you ever sit on the edge of a pool and just put your feet in? It refreshed you. Jesus did everything that a slave would have done. This also teaches us that a slave who is a Christian, holds as much place in the sight of Jesus as a Christian who is a nobleman.