The context of John chapter 13 is the Last Supper, when Jesus and His disciples gather for their last meal. As it was being served, Jesus leaves the table, removes His outer garment, wraps a towel around His waist and washes the disciples’ feet. After this John writes, “When He had finished washing their feet, He put on His clothes and returned to His place” (John 13:12).
This particular sentence in John seems to foreshadow coming events in Christ’s life. The final days of His earthly life are coming to an end. The Son of God came to earth wearing the clothing of man, His outer garment of flesh wrapped around His divine nature. Very soon, however, He will be clothed in sin and death on the cross, where God’s Servant will complete God’s work of salvation.
Once His reconciling work was completed, God removed His shroud of death, and by the power of the Holy Spirit raised Him to life.
The shroud of death removed, Christ put on His glorious raiment of the resurrection. “The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power” (1 Corinthians 15:42-43).
After He had risen, He returned to the heavenly kingdom to take His place beside God. “After the Lord Jesus had spoken to [the disciples], He was taken up into heaven and He sat at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19).
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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