Love Lesson
Lesson 30: by turtle

We are starting the week of passion. The week  that Christ died on the cross.  We will be starting Thursday of the week which is the
Passover supper. Christ sits with His disciples and explains things to come though they do not understand.

John 13:1-5 KJV 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.  2  And supper being ended, the devil having
now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;  3  Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands,
and that he was come from God, and went to God;  4  He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded
himself.  5  After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he
was girded.

1. Christ washes the disciples feet and what is Christ response. What does the washing of feet symbolize?

Washing of feet was a Jewish tradition. Feet would get dusty when they wore their sandals or went barefooted. And when they enter a
house of a rich man the lowest servant of all the servants would wash the feet.  It was a job most would not do. Jesus went to each of his
disciples and washed their feet to demonstrates we are to be servant also. When he got to Peter he refused to have Christ wash his feet.

John 13:6-8  Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?  7  Jesus answered and said unto
him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.  8  Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus
answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

Christ tells Peter if you do not let me wash you feet you have no part with me. What would it matter if Christ washed Peter's feet or not
one might ask. But it is what Christ is symbolizing here. Christ became our servant on the cross. He washes us and makes us whole
inwardly by the washing away of our sins through the blood he shed for you and me.  Peter continues his discourse with Christ saying.

John 13:9-11  Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.  10  Jesus saith to him, He that is
washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.  11  For he knew who should betray him;
therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

Peter says to Christ wash all of me and Christ response is you don't need a whole bath because you are clean, but not everyone is clean.
Christ here was not talking about physical cleanliness but spiritual cleanliness . A lot of people are clean outwardly but not inwardly. What
matters to God is inward cleanliness.  God is the only one that can clean the heart. Our works do not make us clean, clean thoughts do
not make us clean, being good does not make us clean. I have meet nice people who did not have Christ in their hearts. They were good
people, dressed cleanly, mouth was clean with no profanity, and even did good works by helping their neighbors. But this did not make
them clean like Christ is talking about.  Spiritual we are unclean until God cleans our hearts.

2. Who is Judas and what is his purpose in the story?

Judas heart represents one who is unclean spiritually. In fact he is fixing to betray Christ. Take a look at these verses

John 13:21-30  When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you
shall betray me.  22  Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.  23  Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom
one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.  24  Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he
spake.  25  He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?  26  Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when
I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.  27  And after the sop Satan entered
into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.  28  Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto
him.  29  For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of
against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.  30  He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was

Christ sent Judas on his mission. His mission was to betray Christ. Christ new who's heart was not clean. He knew that Judas would
betray but the disciples did not understand. Simple truth we can not see each other's hearts. Sometimes we can see why people do good
things like helping a neighbor. They often do it to feel good about themselves for their own ego. Sometimes people even do it for
recognition or money. Judas was fixing to betray Christ for thirty pieces of silver. Christ had been a friend and a teacher to him but the
money was more important to him then friendship.

3. What instructions does Jesus give his disciples after Judas leaves and do they apply to us today?

John 13:34-35  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  35  
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Christ tells his disciples to love one another has I have loved you. Christ love is unconditional. That is why he shows that he is a servant
to all by washing the disciples feet.  In this same passage he  says these things.

John 13:12-20  So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what
I have done to you?  13  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.  14  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed
your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.  15  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  16  
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.  17  If ye know
these things, happy are ye if ye do them.  18  I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled,
He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.  19  Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may
believe that I am he.  20  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me
receiveth him that sent me.

Simple fact Christ emphases that we all should be servants to one another and not lord ourselves over anyone. We need to treat all
people  the same.  We should serve one another  the same whether it is the street person or the riches man in the world. God sees all
people equally. Here's a verse that will help I think.

Galatians 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ

These verse is referring to those who are in Christ there are no difference. Despite nationality or disposition in life. Now there is a
difference between lost and saved people. The lost need Christ and the saved have Christ in their hearts. Simple fact is Christ calls us to
be servants to each other. That does not mean you  do everything someone wants you to do either. But give each man equal respect.
Love each one unconditionally. Does not mean you like what they do but that you love them because Christ love you.

4. Where in the passage is Jesus going? This was a concern of Peters. What was Peters response to what Christ said and what also did
Christ tell Peter he would do?

John 13:31-33  Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.  32  If God be
glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.  33  Little children, yet a little while I am with
you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.

Christ is beginning to talk about his death. His death must take place for God to be glorified. Christ is fixing to go to the Cross and then
on to heaven. Disciples can not following him at this time for he has to have victory over death and hell first but in time they too will
suffer and die and be with him once again. God glory is shown when Christ arises from the dead.  He has victory over what no man can
escape.  God gives us the gift of everlasting life. there is nothing we can do to earn it.

Peter is confused about where Christ is going. He does not even understand what Judas is even doing. But Christ then tells Peter he will
deny him three times before the rooster crows. Peter is greatly distress by these words that Christ spake to him.

John 13:36-38  Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now;
but thou shalt follow me afterwards.  37  Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.  
38  Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast
denied me thrice.

Peter can not lay his life down for Christ. In fact he will deny Christ. Peter love Christ but the simple fact is he was fixing to go through a
testing of his faith. He did not understand the Christ would have to die for him and for all people. I wonder if he too was looking for the
Messiah to become an earthly king at this time. Peter lack understanding but when Christ raises from the dead Peter understood the
spiritual and physical part of what Christ did for us. Christ came to demonstrate love for us while we were yet sinners. He came to clean
our hearts and minds and souls. When the rapture takes place our earth bodies as will as our spiritual bodies will arise. We no longer fear
death when we have Christ in us. But those who do not have Christ will experience not just physical death but spiritual death. Those who
are in Christ will go to live with Him. Jesus is definitely Lord of my life because he loves me and desires good things for me. But most of
all I am thankful that He saved my soul.