Contention Among the Twelve
Interwoven Gospels

Now there arose a contention among them, which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But He said to them, "The kings of the nations rule over them, and those having authority over them are called benefactors. But ye are not so; but let the greater among you be as the younger, and he that rules as he that serves. For which is greater, he that reclines at table, or he that serves? But I am in the midst of you as He that serves. But ye are they who have continued with Me in My temptations: and I appoint to you a kingdom, even as My Father appointed to Me, that ye may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom; and ye shall sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."

Now before the feast of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that His hour had come that He should depart out of this world, the Father, having loved His own who were in the world. He loved them to the end. And during supper (the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him), knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He came forth from God and goeth to God; Jesus riseth from the supper, and layeth aside His garments, and taking a towel He girded Himself. Then He poureth water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

He cometh, then, to Simon Peter, who saith to Him, "Lord, dost Thou wash my feet?" Jesus answered and said to him, "What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt understand it hereafter." Peter saith to Him, "Thou shalt never wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash thee, thou hast no part with Me." Simon Peter saith to Him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head." Jesus saith to him, "He that hath bathed, hath no need to wash except the feet, but is wholly clean: and ye are clean, but not all." For He knew him who was betraying Him; therefore He said, "Ye are not all clean." So when He had washed their feet and taken His garments and reclined again, He said to them, "Do ye know what I have done to you? Ye call Me 'the Teacher' and 'the Lord,' and ye say well; for so I am. If therefore I, 'the Teacher' and 'the Lord,' washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that as I did to you, ye also should do. "Verily, verily, I say to you, A servant is not greater than his lord, nor an apostle greater than He who sent him. If ye know these things, blessed are ye if ye do them. I speak not concerning all of you; I know whom I chose. But that the scripture may be fulfilled, 'He that eateth My bread lifted up his heel against Me." Even now I tell you before it cometh to pass, that when it cometh to pass, ye may believe that I am He. Verily, verily, I say to you, He that receiveth whomsoever I shall send, receiveth Me; and he that receiveth Me, receiveth Him Who sent Me."

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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