Rev. Mark Preus, pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church & Campus Center in Laramie, Wyoming, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study John 13. Many readers are confused by the opening words of John chapter 13: “Now before the Feast of the Passover.” Hang on a second, what? John chapter 13 describes the Last Supper, but did that happen before Passover? That would contradict Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and it would put the crucifixion not on Friday, but Thursday! If we pay close attention to the language, we see there is no contradiction. The opening words here refer to our Lord’s resolution to go ahead with the Father’s plan of loving self-sacrifice, just before the Passover began later that Thursday at sunset. As the darkness grows, so do the forces of evil swirling around Jesus. Satan prompts Judas to carry out his plan of betrayal, and Peter twice confronts our Lord and attempts to reverse his master’s plan. Jesus answers back with nothing but grace and truth, love and authority: He has come to serve and to save, and He humbly offers His life for ours.