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On the first day of unleavened bread,
when they sacrifice the Passover lamb,
he sent Peter and John, saying,
"Go prepare for us the Passover, so that we may eat."

They asked him, "Where do you wish us to prepare it?"

He said to them, "As you are entering the city,
you will meet a person carrying a jar of water;
you will follow him to the house that he enters,
and you will tell the master of the house
that the teacher says, 'Where is the guest room
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?'
That one will show you a large upper room already furnished;
there prepare for us."

The disciples went out and came into the city
and found it as he had told them,
and they prepared the Passover.

Evening coming he arrived with the twelve disciples.
He said to them, "With longing I have desired
to eat this Passover with you before my suffering;
for I tell you that I will not eat it any more
until it is fulfilled in the sovereignty of God."

Also a competition occurred among them,
which of them was considered to be greater.
He said to them,
"The kings of the nations lord it over them,
and those having authority over them are called benefactors.
But let it not be so with you,
rather let the greater among you become like the younger,
and the governing like the serving.
For who is greater, the one dining or the one serving?
Is it not the one dining?
But I in the middle of you am like one serving.

"You are the ones remaining with me during my tests;
and I confer upon you
as my Father conferred upon me a sovereignty,
so that you may eat and drink at my table in my sovereignty,
and you will sit on thrones
judging the twelve tribes of Israel."

At the Passover feast, Jesus aware that his hour had come
to pass over from this world to the Father,
having loved his own in the world,
he loved them to the end.

During dinner, as the devil had already
put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, son of Simon,
that he should give him over,
aware that the Father had given all things into his hands,
and that he came out from the Father and goes to the Father,
he rose from the dinner and put aside his clothes,
and taking a towel he wrapped it around his waist;
next he poured water into a basin,
and he began to wash the feet of the disciples
and wipe them off with the towel
which was wrapped around him.

So he came to Simon Peter;
he said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?"

Jesus answered him, "What I am doing
you do not understand now, but you will afterward."

Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet."

Jesus answered him, "Unless I wash you,
you have no part with me."

Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not only my feet,
but also my hands and head."

Jesus said to him, "One who has bathed
has no need to wash except for the feet,
but he is completely clean;
and you are clean, but not everyone."
For he knew who was giving him over;
for this reason he said, "You are not all clean."

So when he had washed their feet
and taken his clothes and sat down again,
he said to them, "Do you know what I have done for you?
You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,'
and you are right; for I am.
Therefore if I, Lord and teacher, washed your feet,
you also ought to wash each other's feet;
for I gave you an example
so that as I have done for you, you also should do.
Amen, amen, I tell you, no servant is greater than his lord,
nor is the messenger greater than the one sending him.
If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

"I am not talking about everyone;
I know those I have selected;
but so that scripture may be fulfilled:

The one eating my bread
has lifted his heel against me.

I am telling you now before the occurrence,
so that you may believe when it occurs that I am he.

"Amen, amen, I tell you,
whoever accepts anyone I may send accepts me,
and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me."

81. Example of Serving Harmony 81 * Interpretation 81
82. Judas to Give Him Over Harmony 82 * Synthesis 82 * Interpretation 82

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