John, Chapter 13 Part 1

The Gospel of John

Chapter 13


John 13:1) 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.

Concerning “the Passover,”

“Notice that John, in mentioning the Passover, here drops the explanatory phrase of the Jews (John 11:55). It is not the Passover of the Jews which Jesus is about to celebrate, which had degenerated into an empty form, but the national ordinance, according to its true spirit, and with a development of its higher meaning” [Vincent].


2) And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s [son], to betray him;

In regards to “supper being ended,”

“The most approved reading is γινομένου, the present participle, denoting while a supper was in progress. Hence Rev., rightly, during supper

Other Translations:

(BBE) So while a meal was going on, the Evil One having now put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to be false to him,

(CEV) Even before the evening meal started, the devil had made Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, decide to betray Jesus.

(GNB) Jesus and his disciples were at supper. The Devil had already put into the heart of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, the thought of betraying Jesus.

(GW) While supper was taking place, the devil had already put the idea of betraying Jesus into the mind of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot.

(MSG) It was suppertime. The Devil by now had Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, firmly in his grip, all set for the betrayal.

Regarding “the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot,”

“Luke (Luke 22:3) says that Satan entered Judas when he offered to betray Jesus. Hence John’s “already” (ede) is pertinent” [Robertson].

Luke 22:1-6) Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.

2) And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

3) Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.

4) And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.

5) And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.

6) And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.


3) Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

(BBE)  Jesus, being conscious that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he came from God and was going to God,

(CEV)  Jesus knew that he had come from God and would go back to God. He also knew that the Father had given him complete power.

(GW)  The Father had put everything in Jesus’ control. Jesus knew that. He also knew that he had come from God and was going back to God.

As it concerns “knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands,”

“It was with a full consciousness of his divinity, of his divine power and majesty, of the glory that he had and would enjoy with God, that he stooped to the menial office that he was about to fill” [PNT].

Matthew 11:27) All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal [him].

Matthew 28:18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

NOTE: Jesus knew 1) Who He was; 2) where He came from; and 3)where He was going!

1)      Jesus knew He was God Almighty, and that God, the Father, had given Him complete control over all things.

2)      Jesus knew that He came from God, that He has been eternally existent with God.

3)      Jesus knew that after He would accomplish His Father’s eternal purpose of redemption for all who would come to Him, that He would return to His rightful place of authority, that being His sitting next to His Father in Heaven.

ANOTHER NOTE: Jesus knew Who He was! Jesus knew that He was the very Creator of all mankind (John 1:1-3). He knew that He was “before all things, and by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:17). He knew that He upheld “all things by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3). And yet, ——-.

QUESTION: Why is it when we just think we’re all that, —, we act the way we do?


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.

QUESTION: Why would the One Who knew Who He was, this very God-man, do such a thing as this?

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