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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

Watch our Read Scripture video on the Gospel of John, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the second of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the Gospel of John, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.

In John, Jesus becomes human as the incarnation of the creator God of Israel, to share His love and the gift of eternal life with the world.

Explore John 13-21

JOHN: 13-21 (RS)


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Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet


1 Now abefore the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that bHis hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He cloved them to the end.
2 And 1supper being ended, athe devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him,
3 Jesus, knowing athat the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He bhad come from God and cwas going to God,

CHAPTER 13 References

1 aMatt. 26:2
bJohn 12:23;
17:1 cJohn
2 aLuke 22:3
1NU during
3 aActs 2:36
bJohn 8:42;
16:28 cJohn
17:11; 20:17
4 a[Luke
22:27] 6 aMatt. 3:14
7 aJohn 12:16;
16:12 bJohn
8 a[1 Cor. 6:11] 10 a[John 15:3] 11 aJohn 6:64;
12 1understand
13 aMatt. 23:8,
14 aLuke 22:27
b[Rom. 12:10] 15 a[1 Pet.
2:21–24] 16 aMatt. 10:24
17 a[James
1:25] 18 aJohn
15:25; 17:12
bPs. 41:9 1NU
My bread has
19 aJohn
14:29; 16:4
20 aMatt. 10:40
21 aLuke 22:21
bJohn 12:27
c1 John 2:19
23 aJohn
19:26; 20:2;
21:7, 20 1reclining

4 arose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
6 Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, a“Lord, are You washing my feet?”
7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you ado not understand now, bbut you will know after this.”
8 Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, a“If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”
10 Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and ayou are clean, but not all of you.”
11 For aHe knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.”
12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you 1know what I have done to you?
13 a“You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.
14 a“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, byou also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15 “For aI have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
16 a“Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.
17 a“If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Jesus Identifies His Betrayer

18 “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the aScripture may be fulfilled, b‘He who eats 1bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’
19 a“Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He.
20 a“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”
21 aWhen Jesus had said these things, bHe was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, cone of you will betray Me.”
22 Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.
23 Now athere was 1leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.
24 Simon Peter therefore motioned

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to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke.
25 Then, leaning 1back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”
26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to aJudas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27 aNow after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”
28 But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him.
29 For some thought, because aJudas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.
30 Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.

The New Commandment

31 So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, a“Now the Son of Man is glorified, and bGod is glorified in Him.
32 “If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and aglorify Him immediately.
33 “Little children, I shall be with you a alittle while longer. You will seek Me; band as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you.
34 a“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
35 a“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

36 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I aam going you cannot follow Me now, but byou shall follow Me afterward.”
37 Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will alay down my life for Your sake.”
38 Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not acrow till you have denied Me three times.

The Way, the Truth, and the Life


1“Let anot your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
2 “In My Father’s house are many 1mansions; if it were not so, 2I would have told you. aI go to prepare a place for you.
3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, aI will come again and receive you to Myself; that bwhere I am, there you may be also.
4 “And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
5 aThomas said to Him, “Lord, we

25 1NU, M add
26 aJohn 6:70,
71; 12:4
27 aLuke 22:3
29 aJohn 12:6
31 aJohn 12:23
b[1 Pet. 4:11] 32 aJohn 12:23
33 aJohn
12:35; 14:19;
b[John 7:34;
8:21] 34 a1 Thess.
35 a1 John 2:5
36 aJohn
13:33; 14:2;
16:5 b2 Pet.
37 aMark
38 aJohn

CHAPTER 14 References

1 a[John 14:27;
16:22, 24] 2 aJohn 13:33,
36 1Lit.
dwellings 2NU
would I have
told you that
I go or I
would have
told you; for I
3 a[Acts 1:11] b[John 12:26] 5 aMatt. 10:3
6 a[Heb. 9:8;
10:19, 20] b[John 1:14,
17; 8:32;
18:37] c[John
11:25] d1 Tim.
2:5 e[John
10:7–9] 7 aJohn 8:19
9 aCol. 1:15
10 aJohn
10:38; 14:11,
20 bJohn 5:19;
11 aJohn 5:36;
12 aLuke 10:17
13 aMatt. 7:7
bJohn 13:31
14 1NU ask
15 a1 John 5:3
1NU you will
16 aRom. 8:15
Gr. Parakletos
17 a[1 John
4:6; 5:7] b[1 Cor. 2:14] c[1 John 2:27] 18 a[Matt.
28:20] b[John
14:3, 28] 19 aJohn
16:16, 22
b[1 Cor. 15:20] 20 aJohn
10:38; 14:11
21 a1 John 2:5

JOHN 14:21

do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus said to him, “I am athe way, bthe truth, and cthe life. dNo one comes to the Father eexcept through Me.

The Father Revealed

7 a“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? aHe who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10 “Do you not believe that aI am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you bI do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
11 “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, aor else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

The Answered Prayer

12 a“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
13 a“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be bglorified in the Son.
14 “If you 1ask anything in My name, I will do it.

Jesus Promises Another Helper

15 a“If you love Me, 1keep My commandments.
16 “And I will pray the Father, and aHe will give you another 1Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
17 a“the Spirit of truth, bwhom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you cand will be in you.
18 a“I will not leave you orphans; bI will come to you.

Indwelling of the Father and the Son

19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but ayou will see Me. bBecause I live, you will live also.
20 “At that day you will know that aI am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
21 a“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and 1manifest Myself to him.”

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JOHN 14:22

22 aJudas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, aand We will come to him and make Our home with him.
24 “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and athe word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

The Gift of His Peace

25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.
26 “But athe 1Helper, the Holy Spirit,whom the Father will bsend in My name, cHe will teach you all things, and bring to your dremembrance all things that I said to you.
27 a“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
28 “You have heard Me asay to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because 1I said, b‘I am going to the Father,’ for cMy Father is greater than I.
29 “And anow I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.
30 “I will no longer talk much with you, afor the ruler of this world is coming, and he has bnothing in Me.
31 “But that the world may know that I love the Father, and aas the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.

The True Vine


1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
2 a“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He 1takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear bmore fruit.
3 a“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4 aAbide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much afruit; for without Me you can do bnothing.
6 “If anyone does not abide in Me, ahe is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 “If you abide in Me, and My words aabide in you, byou1 will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
8 a“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; bso you will be My disciples.

22 aLuke 6:16
23 aRev. 3:20;
24 aJohn 5:19
26 aLuke 24:49
bJohn 15:26
c1 Cor. 2:13
dJohn 2:22;
12:16 1Comforter,
27 a[Phil. 4:7] 28 aJohn 14:3,
18 bJohn
16:16 c[Phil.
2:6] 1NU
omits I said
29 aJohn 13:19
30 a[John
12:31] b[Heb.
4:15] 31 aJohn 10:18

CHAPTER 15 References

2 aMatt. 15:13
b[Matt. 13:12] 1Or lifts up
3 a[John 13:10;
17:17] 4 a[Col. 1:23] 5 aHos. 14:8
b2 Cor. 3:5
6 aMatt. 3:10
7 a1 John 2:14
bJohn 14:13;
16:23 1NU
omits you will
8 a[Matt. 5:16] bJohn 8:31
9 aJohn 5:20;
10 aJohn 14:15
11 a1 John 1:4
12 a1 John
3:11 bRom.
13 a1 John
14 a[Matt.
12:50; 28:20] 15 aGen. 18:17
16 aJohn 6:70;
13:18; 15:19
b[Col. 1:6] cJohn 14:13;
16:23, 24
18 a1 John
19 a1 John 4:5
bJohn 17:14
20 aJohn 13:16
bEzek. 3:7
21 aMatt.
10:22; 24:9
22 aJohn 9:41;
15:24 b[James
4:17] 23 a1 John
24 aJohn 3:2
bJohn 14:9
25 aPs. 35:19;
69:4; 109:3–5
26 aLuke 24:49
Gr. Parakletos

Love and Joy Perfected

9 “As the Father aloved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
10 a“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and athat your joy may be full.
12 a“This is My bcommandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13 a“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
14 a“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

15 “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, afor all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

16 a“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and bappointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father cin My name He may give you.
17 “These things I command you, that you love one another.

The World’s Hatred

18 a“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
19 a“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet bbecause you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
20 “Remember the word that I said to you, a‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. bIf they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
21 “But aall these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.
22 a“If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, bbut now they have no excuse for their sin.
23 a“He who hates Me hates My Father also.
24 “If I had not done among them athe works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have bseen and also hated both Me and My Father.
25 “But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, a‘They hated Me without a cause.’

The Coming Rejection

26 a“But when the 1Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who pro-

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ceeds from the Father, bHe will testify of Me.
27 “And ayou also will bear witness, because byou have been with Me from the beginning.

26 b1 John 5:6
27 aLuke 24:48
bLuke 1:2

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Plea for Judgment of False Accusers

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 DOa not keep silent, O God of my praise!
2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful Have opened against me; They have spoken against me with a alying tongue.
3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me awithout a cause.
4 In return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer.
5 Thus athey have rewarded me evil for good, And hatred for my love.

6 Set a wicked man over him, And let aan 1accuser stand at his right hand.
7 When he is judged, let him be found guilty, And alet his prayer become sin.
8 Let his days be afew, And blet another take his office.
9 aLet his children be fatherless, And his wife a widow.
10 Let his children 1continually be vagabonds, and beg; Let them 2seek their bread also from their desolate places.

PSALM 109 References

1 aPs. 83:1
2 aPs. 27:12
3 aPs. 35:7;
69:4; John
5 aPs. 35:7, 12;
38:20; Prov.
6 aZech. 3:1
1Heb. satan
7 a[Prov. 28:9] 8 a[Ps. 55:23];
John 17:12
bPs. 69:25;
Acts 1:20
9 aEx. 22:24
10 1wander
1So with MT,
Tg.; LXX,Vg.
be cast out
11 aNeh. 5:7;
Job 5:5; 18:9
13 aJob 18:19;
Ps. 37:28
bProv. 10:7
be destroyed
14 a[Ex. 20:5;
Num. 14:18];
Is. 65:6; [Jer.
32:18] bNeh.
4:5; Jer. 18:23
15 aJob 18:17;
[Ps. 34:16] 16 a[Ps. 34:18] 17 aProv.
14:14; [Matt.
7:2] 18 aNum. 5:22

11 aLet the creditor seize all that he has, And let strangers plunder his labor.
12 Let there be none to extend mercy to him, Nor let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
13 aLet his 1posterity be cut off, And in the generation following let their bname be blotted out.

14 aLet the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, And let not the sin of his mother bbe blotted out.
15 Let them be continually before the LORD, That He may acut off the memory of them from the earth;
16 Because he did not remember to show mercy, But persecuted the poor and needy man, That he might even slay the abroken in heart.
17 aAs he loved cursing, so let it come to him; As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him.
18 As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, So let it aenter his body like water, And like oil into his bones.
19 Let it be to him like the garment which covers him, And for a belt with which he girds himself continually.

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20 Let this be the LORD’s reward to my accusers, And to those who speak evil against my person.

21 But You, O GOD the Lord, Deal with me for Your name’s sake; Because Your mercy is good, deliver me.
22 For I am poor and needy, And my heart is wounded within me.
23 I am gone alike a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like a locust.
24 My aknees are weak through fasting, And my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness.
25 I also have become aa reproach to them; When they look at me, bthey shake their heads.

26 Help me, O LORD my God! Oh, save me according to Your mercy,

PSALM 109 References

23 aPs. 102:11
24 aHeb. 12:12
25 aPs. 22:7;
Jer. 18:16;
Lam. 2:15
bMatt. 27:39;
Mark 15:29
27 aJob 37:7
28 a2 Sam.
6:11, 12 bIs.
29 aJob 8:22;
Ps. 35:26
30 aPs. 35:18;
31 a[Ps. 16:8] 1Lit. judging
his soul

27 aThat they may know that this is Your hand— That You, LORD, have done it!
28 aLet them curse, but You bless; When they arise, let them be ashamed, But let bYour servant rejoice.
29 aLet my accusers be clothed with shame, And let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a mantle.

30 I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; Yes, aI will praise Him among the multitude.
31 For aHe shall stand at the right hand of the poor, To save him from those 1who condemn him.



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