Jesus Opens His Followers to Cleansing and Service Now, as we step into John 13 today, Jesus has withdrawn to the upper room with his closest, inner circle of followers. I need you to imagine how intimate and intense this scene is. His ministry to the masses is now over as he begins to prepare himself and his closest followers for his suffering, death, and resurrection. John opens Chapter 13 with some private insights on where Jesus’ head and heart was in this moment. I hope you can imagine the vibe in the room. Jesus enters into this Passover feast with heightened, tender emotions toward his friends, and laser focus on his mission.