John 13:1 - 13:20- Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
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Jesus Washes His Followers' Feet
131It was almost time for the Jewish Passover* festival. Jesus knew that it was
time for him to leave this world. It was now time for Jesus to go back to the Father.
Jesus had always loved those people in the world who were his. Now was the time
Jesus showed them his love the most. 2Jesus and his followers were at the evening
meal. The devil had already persuaded Judas Iscariot to turn against Jesus. (Judas
was the son of Simon.) 3The Father had given Jesus power over everything. Jesus
knew this. Jesus also knew that he had come from God. And he knew that he was going
back to God. 4While they were eating, Jesus stood up and took off his robe. Jesus
got a towel and wrapped the towel around his waist. 5Then Jesus poured water into
a pitcher. He began to wash the followers' feet. He dried their feet with the towel
that was wrapped around his waist. 6Jesus came to Simon Peter. But Peter said to
Jesus, "Lord, you should not wash my feet." 7Jesus answered, "You don't know what
I am doing now. But later you will understand." 8Peter said, "No! You will never
wash my feet." Jesus answered, "If I don't wash your feet, then you cannot be one
of my people." 9Simon Peter answered, "Lord, after you wash my feet, wash my hands
and my head too!" 10Jesus said, "After a person has a bath, his whole body is clean.
He needs only to wash his feet. And you men are clean, but not every one of you."
11Jesus knew who would turn against him. That is why Jesus said, "Not every one
of you is clean." 12Jesus finished washing their feet. Then he put on his clothes
and went back to the table. Jesus asked, "Do you understand what I did for you?
13You call me 'Teacher.' And you call me 'Lord.' And this is right, because that
is what I am. 14I am your Lord and Teacher. But I washed your feet [like a servant].
So you also should wash each other's feet. 15I did this as an example for you. So
you should do [for each other] like I did for you. 16I tell you the truth. A servant
is not greater than his master. The person that is sent to do something is not greater
than the one that sent him. 17If you know these things, you will be happy if you
do them. 18"I am not talking about all of you. I know the people I have chosen.
But what the Scripture* said must happen: 'The man that shared my food has turned
against me.'* 19I am telling you this now before it happens. Then when it happens
you will believe that I AM.* 20I tell you the truth. The person that accepts anyone
I send also accepts me. And the person that accepts me also accepts the One who
Footnotes:Passover An important Jewish holy day. The Jews ate a special meal on
this day every year to remember that God freed them from slavery in Egypt in the
time of Moses. Scripture Part of the Holy Writings--Old Testament. 'has turned
against me' Literally, 'has lifted up his heel against me' (Ps. 41:9). I AM This
is like the name of God used in Ex. 3:14, but it can also mean "I am he (the Christ)."
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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