In the Psalm the immediate reference is to Ahithophel's treachery against David ( 2 Samuel 17:1-23 ), one of those scenes in which the parallel of his story with that of His great Antitype is exceedingly striking. But not all - You are not all my true followers, and fitted for the ordinance before us. 18, 19. to betray him--referring to the agreement he had already made with the chief priests ( Luke 22:3-6 ). Christ’s death was certainly a more trying one than ours will be, so that this description may apply to ours as well as to his. The loosing of the cable, the spreading of the sail, the crossing over the narrow sea, the coming to the eternal haven, and the abiding there, — what Christian heart needs to dread this? “Ye are clean, but not all.” Where sits the man, in this house of prayer, who is not clean, the sinner who has not yet been washed by Jesus Christ? . This comes on the heels of an impassioned plea by Christ to the wider world, recorded at the end of chapter 12 (John 12:44–50). Thus mankind, supported by God's providence, after eating bread with Him, lift up the heel against Him! . He has washed our feet, and he often repeats the gracious act. All those, and those only, who are spiritually washed by Christ, have a part in Christ. The evangelist adds a note, "He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean" (John 13:6-10). John 2:13, ESV: "The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem." John 13:5. I have already said that there was something that was not right, and yet that was perfectly natural to this “rock” disciple, and this “dove” disciple, who was such a strange mixture of boastfulness and fickleness, yet do not forget how much good there was in him. If we talk like that, there is great need that we should be taken down. Jesus answered. We do not even know the moment when we shall die, nor how it will be. in shorter statement: '.mw-parser-output span.smallcaps{font-variant:small-caps}.mw-parser-output span.smallcaps-smaller{font-size:85%}He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me' (John 13:18 NASB). © 2020 Christianity.com. but is clean every whit—as a whole. 8. of But that the scripture may be fulfilled--that is, one has been added to your number, by no accident or mistake, who is none of Mine, but just that he might fulfil his predicted destiny. This cleansing is effected once for all, and is never repeated. Our Lord, while graciously insisting on washing Peter's feet, refuses to extend the cleansing farther, that the symbolical instruction intended to be conveyed might not be marred. I do bless him that he did so for this is a picture of what he has done for us. By no reflections on the traitor, and, what is still more wonderful, by no reference to the dread character of His own approaching sufferings. But that word of the Psalm, about "one that ate of his bread who would lift up his heel against Him" ( Psalms 41:9 ) probably all but turned the dread scale, and the still more explicit announcement, that one of those sitting with Him at the table should betray Him, would beget the thought, "I am detected; it is now too late to draw back." John 13:6. Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do those knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. He does not even name them, save by announcing, as with a burst of triumph, that the hour of His glory has arrived! Even where Christ himself is at the head of the table, Judas may be sitting at that same table, and Satan may then and there put into his heart the horrible purpose of betraying his Master. Some early manuscripts containing the text of this chapter in Greek are:[3]. The very mark Jesus chooses to single him out is one which on ordinary occasions was a mark of distinctive favour". (5) "Judas," last of all, "answered and said, Lord, is it I?" Yet it is so, for he says, “I know whom I have chosen.”. Those whose deeds are evil, love darkness rather than light. (John 13:25). Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. requires only to be freed from the sinful defilement in individual things which has been again contracted in the intercourse of life; but in other respects he is clean as to his whole moral personality, καὶ ὑμεῖς καθαραί ἐστε, application to Peter and his fellow-disciples, οὐ δυναμένους δὲ γνῶναι á¼¢ καὶ πρὸ τούτοÏ, hath no further need than to wash his feet, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Carson sees the footwashing episode pointing to two directions: one as a symbolic spiritual cleansing (verses 8–10) and the other as a “standard of humble service” followed by a calling to the disciples to “wash one another's feet” (verses 12–17).[20]. Thy Master knows better than thou knowest what is right for thee. . This page was last edited on 6 November 2020, at 09:04. He who has bathed needs nothing further than to wash his feet, He who has already experienced moral purification in general and on the whole. After that he poureth water into a bason. I know whom I have chosen--in the higher sense. The same three things should motivate our service for the Lord. We must address ourselves to duty, and must lay aside every thing that would hinder us in what we have to do.