14.02.08 Jn. 13:12-17
JESUS EXPLAINS WASHING
12 When Jesus had washed their feet and put on His robe, He reclined again and said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am. 14 So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you.
16 “I assure you: A slave is not greater than his master, and a messenger is not greater than the one who sent him.
17 If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
“And a messenger is not greater.” The English word messenger is translated from the Greek word apostolos, which is more frequently translated as apostle. An apostle is one who is sent forth to act on a particular matter, as in the case of the Apostle Paul who was sent forth to preach the Kingdom of God to the Gentiles. This passage is a clear indication that the disciples would become apostles.
. Campbell, “Apostle.” 20-21.