Now before the feast of the Passover, Yeshua, knowing that his time had come that he would depart from this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judah Iscariot, Shimon’s son, to betray him,
Yeshua, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he came forth from God, and was going to God,
arose from supper, and laid aside his outer garments. He took a towel, and wrapped a towel around his waist.
Then he poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
“G-d did not conduct Himself with them in the usual manner, for usually when one purchases servants it is on the understanding that they wash and anoint him, help to dress him and draw his carriage and light the way before him. G-d, however, did not do so … but He washed them, as it says: Then washed I you with water (Ezek. XVI, 9).”
Exodus Rabbah 20:11, Soncino Press Edition
Then he came to Simon Peter. He said to him, Lord, do you wash my feet?
Yeshua answered him, You do not know what I am doing now, but you will understand later.
Peter said to him, You will never wash my feet! Yeshua answered him, If I don’t wash you, you have no part with me.
Shimon Peter said to him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!
Yeshua said to him, Someone who has bathed only needs to have his feet washed, but is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you.
For he knew him who would betray him, therefore he said, You are not all clean.
So when he had washed their feet, put his outer garment back on, and sat down again, he said to them, Do you know what I have done to you?
You call me, Rabbi and Lord. You say so correctly, for so I am.
If I then, the Lord and the Rabbi, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
Most certainly I tell you, a servant is not greater than his lord, neither one who is sent greater than he who sent him.
If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen. But that the Scripture may be fulfilled, He who eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me.
From now on, I tell you before it happens, that when it happens, you may believe that I am he.
Most certainly I tell you, he who receives whomever I send, receives me; and he who receives me, receives him who sent me.
When Yeshua had said this, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, Most certainly I tell you that one of you will betray me.
The disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom he spoke.
One of his disciples, whom Yeshua loved, was at the table, leaning against Yeshua’s breast.
Shimon Peter therefore beckoned to him, and said to him, Tell us who it is of whom he speaks.
He, leaning back, as he was, on Yeshua’s breast, asked him, Lord, who is it?
Yeshua therefore answered, It is he to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it. So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judah, the son of Shimon Iscariot.
After the piece of bread, then Satan entered into him. Then Yeshua said to him, What you do, do quickly.
Now no man at the table knew why he said this to him.
For some thought, because Judah had the money box, that Yeshua said to him, Buy what things we need for the feast, or that he should give something to the poor.
Therefore, having received that morsel, he went out immediately. It was night.
When he had gone out, Yeshua said, Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.
If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him immediately.
Little children, I will be with you a little while longer. You will seek me, and as I said to the Judeans, Where I am going, you cant come, so now I tell you.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another.
The Yemenite Midrash says,
“In the future the Holy One, blessed is he, will seat the Messiah in the supernal Yeshiva, and they will call him, “the Lord” just as they call the Creator . . . and all those who walk on earth will come and sit before him to hear a New Torah and new commandments and the deep wisdom which he teaches Israel. . . and no person who hears a teaching from the mouth of the Messiah will ever forget it.”
Yemenite Midrash, cited in the Messiah Texts, Raphael Patai, pg. 256