“(For Jesus knew the one who was going to betray him. For this reason he said, “Not every one of you is clean.”) So when Jesus had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, he took his place at the table again and said to them, “Do you understand what I have done for you? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and do so correctly, for that is what I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example – you should do just as I have done for you. I tell you the solemn truth, the slave is not greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent as a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”, John 13:11-17 NET
““What I am saying does not refer to all of you. I know the ones I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture, ‘ The one who eats my bread has turned against me.’ I am telling you this now, before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I am he.”, John 13:18-19 NET
• In other words, Jesus told His disciples about the betrayal to show them how it fulfilled the Scriptures regarding the Messiah.
“I tell you the solemn truth, whoever accepts the one I send accepts me, and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” When he had said these things, Jesus was greatly distressed in spirit, and testified, “I tell you the solemn truth, one of you will betray me.””, John 13:20-21 NET
• I think it is critically important to remember that even though Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God (one of the persons of God), He still felt human emotions like everyone else since He was also a human when He was in His physical body. Jesus fully experienced the pain of betrayal and rejection from one close to Him. This greatly troubled His spirit! Jesus fully experienced all emotions like everyone else and yet He still chose to go to the cross!
“The disciples began to look at one another, worried and perplexed to know which of them he was talking about. One of his disciples, the one Jesus loved, was at the table to the right of Jesus in a place of honor.”
John 13:22-23 NET