John 13:21-38 The Message Bible

Jesus Foretells His Betrayal

21  After he said these things, Jesus became visibly upset, and then he told them why. "One of you is going to betray me." 22  The disciples looked around at one another, wondering who on earth he was talking about. 23  One of the disciples, the one Jesus loved dearly, was reclining against him, his head on his shoulder. 24  Peter motioned to him to ask who Jesus might be talking about. 25  So, being the closest, he said, "Master, who?" 26  Jesus said, "The one to whom I give this crust of bread after I've dipped it." Then he dipped the crust and gave it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. 27  As soon as the bread was in his hand, Satan entered him. "What you must do," said Jesus, "do. Do it and get it over with." 28  No one around the supper table knew why he said this to him. 29  Some thought that since Judas was their treasurer, Jesus was telling him to buy what they needed for the Feast, or that he should give something to the poor. 30  Judas, with the piece of bread, left. It was night.

The New Commandment

31  When he had left, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man is seen for who he is, and God seen for who he is in him. The moment God is seen in him, 32  God's glory will be on display. In glorifying him, he himself is glorified - glory all around! 33  "Children, I am with you for only a short time longer. You are going to look high and low for me. But just as I told the Jews, I'm telling you: 'Where I go, you are not able to come.' 34  "Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. 35  This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples - when they see the love you have for each other."

Peter's Denial Foretold

36  Simon Peter asked, "Master, just where are you going?" Jesus answered, "You can't now follow me where I'm going. You will follow later." 37  "Master," said Peter, "why can't I follow now? I'll lay down my life for you!" 38  "Really? You'll lay down your life for me? The truth is that before the rooster crows, you'll deny me three times."

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