Wednesday, March 25, 2020

THE FULL EXTENT OF HIS LOVE

“Jesus knew that the Father had given Him authority over everything and that He had come from God and would return to God. So He got up from the table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, and poured water into a basin. Then He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel He had around Him.”  (John 13:3-5 NLT)

Jesus knew that one of His disciples had already decided to betray Him. Another would deny Him by the next morning. Even this night, they would all desert Him. In the next hours they would repeatedly display ignorance, laziness, and lack of trust. It was indeed a sorry lot that gathered in the upper room. Even with good reasons to reject the entire group, Jesus deliberately showed to them the full extent of His love. The actions, words, and feelings that He shared with His disciples conveyed the highest form of love because His disciples did not deserve nor immediately appreciate this love.

Jesus knows us as fully as He knew those disciples. He knows intimately of every time and every way that we have denied or deserted Him. Yet knowing us, He willingly died for us. Jesus continually displays His love toward us and reaches out to us. He continues to serve us in the Lord’s Supper, and He guides and encourages us by His Spirit. He serves us as we serve one another. Are we prepared to love one another with the same kind of love Jesus demonstrated for us?

-- From the “Life Application Commentary -- John”


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