In (Jn. 13), we are approaching the final act of the gospel. Jesus has made His entrance into Jerusalem, the hour of the cross has come. In the following few scenes, Jesus will begin teaching and preparing His disciples for His departure.
John is a beautiful account of the life and ministry of Jesus. He tells us why he is writing his account:
John 20:31 “but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”
John is writing to know and believe in Jesus, the Anointed of God. In doing so, John gives us so much to consider. For example, in our text today, I believe we find a glimpse of the glory of Jesus and the meaning of the gospel in the example of Jesus washing the disciple's feet.
TO THE FATHER
“Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.” (emph. added)
As we have read and noticed, the words of Jesus, his time, or his hour had not yet come. However, in (Jn. 12), Jesus says, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified." (ref. Jn. 12:23). Jesus was to be "lifted up" (ref. 12:32ff); He said these things to sign