25 But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the princes of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.
26 But it will not be so among you. But whoever desires to great among you, let him minister [serve] to your needs;
27 And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant;
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life as a ransom for many." [Jesus washed the feet of the disciples to show how a minister should be a humble servant and not lord it over his congregation.]
|John 13:4-16 |
4 So he rose from supper and laid aside his garments; and he took a towel, and wrapped it around himself.
5 And after that he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, wiping them with the towel that was around his waist.
6 Then he came to Simon Peter, and Peter said to him, "Lord, are you to wash my feet?"
7 And Jesus answered him, "What I am doing, you don't now understand; but you will understand later."
8 But Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I don't wash you, you can have no part with me."1
9 Then Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head."
10 But Jesus said to him, "He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, then he is clean all over; and you are clean, but not all of you."
11 For he knew who would betray him. Therefore, he had said that not all of them were clean.
12 So after he had washed their feet, had put on his garments, and was sitting down again, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?
13 You call me 'Master' and 'Lord,' and you say well, for indeed I am.
14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also should wash one another's feet.2
15 For I have given you this as an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
16 Truly, truly, I say to you that the servant is not greater than his lord; neither is he who is sent, greater than he who has sent him.