"When the Counselor comes!” What was Jesus trying to tell us? His words came after an embarrassing incident. When none of us disciples was willing to wash someone else’s feet, Jesus did it. Our rabbi and leader. Not until much later would we understand what he was doing; on that night we could only listen and try to make sense of his words.
Jesus laid some heavy stuff on us, stuff about loving one another. He talked of radical things, like being hated—and hinted at the possibility of even being thrown out of synagogues. Yet he also intimated that someone—this Counselor guy—would come soon.
He had held back from talking like this on previous occasions, but we could sense that tonight we were on to something big. We argued among ourselves as to which of us would be the executive assistants. In fact, two of the brothers had a plan big enough for three—the two of them and Jesus in the middle.