Just before the Passover feast, Jesus sits with his disciples. By this time, Satan has already persuaded Judas in his heart to betray Christ. Jesus knew His time is soon to come and that God is entrusting all things into His hands. Jesus shows us humility as He goes from one disciple to the next, bowing before each man and washing his feet—a servant’s task rather than the Lord’s task.
As Jesus comes around the room, He explains to Peter (even though he wouldn’t understand just yet (John 13:7)) that he can only belong to Him if he is cleansed. We are washed by the blood of Christ and made spotless so that we can eat with Jesus at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Just as Jesus washed the disciples’ feet to help them understand, we must serve others with a heart humbled for Christ so they are able to see Him in our acts (v. 14-17). Nevertheless, Judas leaves the feast to betray Christ. After this, Jesus once again presses the importance of loving others (v. 34). To love others as He loves us can be a struggle if we do not lay down our pride and humble ourselves. Now we, who are full of His love, must reach out and show His love to others.
Furthermore, In John 14:1-31, Jesus leaves more parting words with his disciples. He discusses many aspects about what is to come, but two aspects stand out—the exclusiveness of how to enter heaven and the role of the Holy Spirit. The only way to enter heaven is by allowing Christ to cleanse us (v. 6). Unless we are cleansed by his blood as the disciples were cleansed when the Lord washed their feet, we cannot truly know Him. Likewise, the Spirit’s biggest role in our life is said in verse 26: “When the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”