John 13

Jesus Washes the Disciple’s Feet

In John 13, Jesus sat down with his disciples to observe the Passover meal. Jesus recognized that his hour had come to depart out of the world, and he focused his attention on his own- his disciples whom he loved. Jesus knew what was coming and he knew he needed to encourage them. The events of the next twenty-four hours were difficult for them to understand, but before Jesus began with words of encouragement, he performed and act of humility by washing their feet, sending them a message that the greatest servant is one who is willing to serve.

  1. What was Jesus modeling when he washed the disciples’ feet? How can we model our lives the same way? (John 13:1)
  2. Jesus washed his disciples’ feet to show his commitment to selfless service that would be exemplified at the cross. (John 13:2-5) How do you serve your family, your church, and your city?
  3. Why did Peter get so upset about Jesus washing his feet? (John 13:6-10) What stands in your way of coming to Jesus?
  4. Jesus said “whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” (John 13:20) Explain that statement in the context of your relationship with God.
  5. The ultimate command Jesus gives us is to “love one another.” (John 13:34) Do you love people the way Jesus commands us to? If so, how?