(He knew who was betraying him. That's why he said, "Not every one of you.")
After he had finished washing their feet, he took his robe, put it back on, and went back to his place at the table.
You address me as 'Teacher' and 'Master,' and rightly so. That is what I am.
So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other's feet.
I've laid down a pattern for you. What I've done, you do.
I'm only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn't give orders to the employer.
If you understand what I'm telling you, act like it - and live a blessed life.
"I'm not including all of you in this. I know precisely whom I've selected, so as not to interfere with the fulfillment of this Scripture: The one who ate bread at my table Turned on his heel against me.
"I'm telling you all this ahead of time so that when it happens you will believe that I am who I say I am.
Make sure you get this right: Receiving someone I send is the same as receiving me, just as receiving me is the same as receiving the One who sent me."
After he said these things, Jesus became visibly upset, and then he told them why. "One of you is going to betray me."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)