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John 13 - Easy To Read Version

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

1. It was almost time for the Jewish Passover {\cf2\super [207]} 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.

2. Jesus 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.)

3. The 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.

4. While they were eating, Jesus stood up and took off his robe. Jesus got a towel and wrapped the towel around his waist.

5. Then 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.

6. Jesus came to Simon Peter. But Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, you should not wash my feet.”

7. Jesus answered, “You don’t know what I am doing now. But later you will understand.”

8. Peter said, “No! You will never wash my feet.”

9. Simon Peter answered, “Lord, after you wash my feet, wash my hands and my head too!”

10. Jesus 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.”

11. Jesus knew who would turn against him. That is why Jesus said, “Not every one of you is clean.”

12. Jesus 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?

13. You call me ‘Teacher.’ And you call me ‘Lord.’ And this is right, because that is what I am.

14. I am your Lord and Teacher. But I washed your feet \{like a servant\}. So you also should wash each other’s feet.

15. I did this as an example for you. So you should do \{for each other\} like I did for you.

16. I 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.

17. If you know these things, you will be happy if you do them.

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

18. “I am not talking about all of you. I know the people I have chosen. But what the Scripture {\cf2\super [208]} said must happen: ‘The man that shared my food has turned against me.’ {\cf2\super [209]}

19. I am telling you this now before it happens. Then when it happens you will believe that I AM. {\cf2\super [210]}

20. I 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 sent me.”

21. After Jesus said these things, he felt very troubled. Jesus said openly, “I tell you the truth. One of you will be against me.”

22. Jesus’ followers all looked at each other. They did not understand who the person was that Jesus was talking about.

23. One of the followers was next to Jesus and was leaning close to him. This was the follower that Jesus loved.

24. Simon Peter made signs to this follower to ask Jesus who the person was that he was talking about.

25. That follower leaned closer to Jesus and asked, “Lord, who is it that will be against you?”

26. Jesus answered, “I will dip this bread into the dish. The man I give it to is the man that will turn against me.” So Jesus took a piece of bread. He dipped it and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

27. When Judas took the bread, Satan (the devil) entered him. Jesus said to Judas. “The thing that you will do—do it quickly!”

28. None of the men at the table understood why Jesus said this to Judas.

29. Judas was the one that kept the money box \{for the group\}. So some of the followers thought that Jesus meant for Judas to go and buy some things they needed for the feast. Or they thought that Jesus wanted Judas to go give something to the poor people.

30. Judas accepted the bread Jesus gave him. Then Judas went out. It was night.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31. When Judas was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man {\cf2\super [211]} receives his glory. And God receives glory through the Son of Man.

32. If God receives glory through him, then God will give glory to the Son through himself. God will give him glory quickly.”

33. Jesus said, “My children, I will be with you only a short time more. You will look for me. And what I told the Jewish leaders, I tell you now: Where I am going you cannot come.

34. “I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other like I loved you.

35. All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.”

36. Simon Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, where are you going?”

37. Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I am ready to die for you!”

38. Jesus answered, “Will you really give your life for me? I tell you the truth. Before the rooster crows, you will say three times that you don’t know me.”

Easy To Read Version

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