3 Jesus knew, that the Father had
put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning
to God; 4 So he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a
towel round his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to
wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped round him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my
feet?" 7 Jesus replied, "You do not realise now what I am doing, but
later you will understand. 8 "No", said Peter, "you shall never
was my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part
with me." 9 "Then, Lord", Simon Peter replied, "not just my
feet but my hands and my head as well!" 10 Jesus answered, "Someone
who has had a bath, needs only to wash his feet; his whole body (/being) is
clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you." 11For he knew who
was going to betray him, that was why he said not every one was clean.
(...) 14 Now, that I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet".
Today one hardly finds "foot washing" as an external ritual; for instance Adventists may practise it before the Lord's Supper. But the external process is less important than the inner attitude, which is seldom understood fully.
Such short quotes from the Bible with annotations - based on different translations - are additions to the corresponding chapters of the
However, such characteristic places cannot fully replace the study or meditation of whole chapters of the Gospel(s).