The God who will Love You to the End and Wash Your Feet

—John 13 (Part 18)

  • Andrew Fountain – Feb 23, 2020

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John 13 – The Last Supper


  • To sit with Jesus during these last hours
  • and to allow him to wash your feet


  1. Intro
  2. Three Short Stories
  3. What it means to allow Jesus to wash your feet

Structure of John

”Book of Signs”
”Book of Glory”

John 1–12 “Book of Signs”

1 Prolog

Wedding Nicodemus Woman at well Child healed
5 Sabbath Healing: Take up your bed and walk
Teaching: the Son gives life
6 Feeds 5000, I am the Bread of life
7 I am the Living Water (after walks on water)
8 I am the Light of the World
9 Sabbath Healing: Man born blind
10 Teaching: I am the good Shepherd
11 Lazarus raised from the dead

12 Epilog

John 13–21 “Book of Glory”

13 A meal with the disciples

14–17 New Teaching
      from Jesus
to the disciples
18–20 Arrest

21 A meal with the disciples

John 13. Three Stories at the Last Supper

  1. Summary of “the Book of Glory” [1]
  2. Washing the feet of the disciples [2–17]
  3. “One of you will betray me” [18–30]
  4. Peter boasts he’ll die for Jesus [31–38]

Summary of “the Book of Glory”

  1. Just before the Passover Feast
    Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world to the Father.
    Having loved his own who were in the world,
    to the end he loved them.

Dirty Feet

Many ancient Eastern streets must have been “unpaved, narrow, badly crowded,” and some “would have been choked with refuse and frequented” by dogs and other sources of excrement.

Keener, p.903


The footwashing was shocking to Jesus’ disciples, but not half as shocking as the notion of a Messiah who would die the hideous and shameful death of crucifiction, the death of the damned. But these two events—the footwashing and the crucifixion—are truly of a piece...

Carson, p.467

v.10 – A Difficult Verse

  1. He came to Simon Peter who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
  2. Jesus replied, “You do not understand what I am doing now, but you will understand after these things.”
  3. Peter said to him, “You will never ever wash my feet!”
    Jesus replied, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”
  4. Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!”
  5. Jesus replied, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you disciples are clean…

Allow Jesus to wash your feet

  • We come to him when we are filthy, and don’t hide in shame, but allow him to wash it
  1. If you understand these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
  • Sit with him in his broken-heart from betryal
  • Take in that if you are his, you will never, ever, ever be abandoned:
    Having loved his own... to the end he loved them.