John 13:1-17. With Jesus’ Public Ministry drawn to an end (2-12), we now enters his private ministry with his disciples on the upper room the Thursday night of Passion Week (13-17). Jesus begins his “upper room discourse” with a powerful object lesson in washing the disciples feet. This incredible acted-out-parable speaks of the humble, loving heart of Christ in laying down his life for us. TAs Spirit-filled Christians, we also have the privilege of serving one another in love.