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John42 – the final supper

In fact before the Feast of the Paschal Lamb, Jesus discerning that his hour had come that he may depart from this world towards the Father, having loved his own, those in the world, he loved them to completion. (John 13: 1)
This is a critical moment in the life of Jesus as disclosed in John’s first century eye-witness biography of Jesus of Nazareth. It’s the evening before Jesus’ arrest, criminal conviction, and crucifixion. He arranges this last supper with his disciples on the night before the Paschal Lamb festival. 

The Paschal lamb, in Judaism, is the lamb sacrificed at the first Passover, on the eve of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, the most momentous event in Jewish history. According to the Biblical record in the book of Exodus, chapter 12, the Jews, slaves in Egypt around 1340 BC, marked their doorposts with the blood of the lamb, and this sign spared them from destruction which brought about their release.

And, dinner coming to be, when the diabolical one having already put into the heart that Judas of Simon Iscariot that he may give him over, he, discerning that the Father had given to him everything into the hands and that he had come out from God and was going away towards God, is rising up from the dinner and  he sets down the clothes and, laying hold of an apron, enfolded himself. 

What should the disciples do when their host gets up and strips off?

Next, he put water into the wash-basin and led himself to wash the feet of the disciples and to wipe away with the towel in which he was enfolded. 

Did Jesus, in fact, put down his divine sonship and enfold himself in human form? Did he do that in order to be able to wash clean his disciples, and to wipe away all their uncleanesses?

So he comes towards Simon Peter. He states to him, “Lord, you yourself wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I myself am doing you do not discern now, in fact with these things you will know.” 

Jesus himself says, at that time, that they will only later discern the meaning of what he did that night. Only after the cross on the following day and after his resurrection and ascension to his Father.

Peter said to him, “Not into eternity may you wash my feet.” 

It seems to me that Peter might well have emphasized the pronouns when he spoke this to Jesus. “Not into eternity will you wash the feet of me.” Little did he realise that the washing would be into eternity.

Jesus answered him, “If I may not wash you, you do not have a share with me.” Simon Peter states to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also the hands and the head.” 

Not only does Peter now want his feet washed – because without that he cannot have any share with Jesus – but also he wants to be clean in the doings of his hands and in the thoughts of his head.

Jesus states to him, “The bathed one does not have a need if not to wash the feet, but is completely clean.” 

Wonder of all wonders, Jesus seems to be saying that this feet-washing demonstration is a sign of the vastly more important “bathing” of Peter (and others) which will take place through the cross. And that, following that, Jesus will still be there washing away, moment by moment, all defilement of each day here on earth.

“And you yourselves are clean, but by no means everyone.” Because he had discerned the one giving him over; through this he said, “By no means is everyone clean.” 

Jesus confirms that they are indeed completely clean – through his work on that cross on that same day. (In Judea in those days a day began at dusk and ended at dusk.) But not all of them – because one of them would, that same day, give Jesus over to death.

Peter wanted a share with Jesus.

Judas wanted to give Jesus over.

They both got what they wanted – and more.

Sinner Syvret

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