Bible Cartoon: John 13 - Jesus washes his disciples feet

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Bible Book: John
Bible Book Code: 4301300101
Scene no: 1 of 1

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

John 13:1-17 (ANIV)
Jesus washes his disciples’ feet
1 It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. [1]
2 The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel round his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped round him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.
15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

[1]
Or, he loved them to the last.

DRAWING NOTES:

TIME OF DAY:
Evening – the last supper.

LIGHTING NOTES:
3 ceiling-mounted oil lamps (with 4 wicks each) & a candle, producing warm, yellow lighting.
The surrounding darkness is to illustrate that it is evening, lamps & candles don’t really give a lot of light in any case!

CHARACTERS PRESENT:
Standing up – From left to right the characters are:
Bartholomew/Nathaniel, Matthew/Levi, Judas Iscariot (in red turban, scowling!), Mary Magdalene (in black), Mary (mother of Jesus), Joanna

Sitting down – From left to right the characters are:
Andrew, Simon/Peter (having feet washed by Jesus), Thaddeus/Judas (son of James), James (son of Zebedee), John (son of Zebedee), James/Cleopas (son of Alphaeus), Philip (sitting with back to viewer), Thomas/Didymus – “doubting Thomas”, Simon the zealot, looking a bit confused!

RESEARCH/ADDITIONAL NOTES:
I was inspired by “The Passion” DVD for the oil lamp design!

This was the first illustration that I have done which has all 12 of the disciples in it. Before I drew this cartoon I created character sheets for each disciple, so that I was happy with each one. I didn’t want to be “stuck” with any disciple cartoons that I didn’t like, or that “just happened” without any thought going into their design.
Since this cartoon was drawn I have also created a design sheet that shows all 12 disciples with their typical garments/clothes on. I wanted to be sure that it was relatively easy to identify each disciple, by the colour of their garments, as well as unique facial features, height differences, typical expressions, etc.