Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
– John 13:1
As I ponder during this Holy week the depths of Christ love, I am reminded of a few things. Today, millions of Christians will continue their normal functions as any given week. Work, eat, sleep and repeat seems to ring a common theme in Americas household of faith. In anticipation of chocolate bunnies, egg hunts and baskets filled with your favorite candies, I want us to examine what love truly means during the final days of Christ on earth.
First lets recognize the COST. – when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father
He sacrificed body, lowering Himself to our depraved human form, yet He knew no sin. How deep does your love go? I’m sure many of you would surrender your life for your children but what about someone you didn’t know? This cost didn’t come with any prejudice, bias or degree of merit but by grace alone, Christ alone, by love alone.
Second we see an act of COMMUNION. – having loved his own who were in the world
What a God we serve that desires such intimacy and relationship with His people. Endless love that stretches far beyond what the human heart could ever conjure. There’s an ownership to this love, a price paid, a debt owned an inheritance received.
Third we see COMMITMENT. – he loved them to the end.
Jesus endured the cross because of “the joy that was set before Him” (Heb. 12:2), the joy of returning to his father in heaven (John 17:3), and the love for his creation even to the point of death. He died willingly knowing this was the only possible way we could ever enjoy an eternal relationship with him.
Let us examine our hearts and minds as we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection that draws our love closer to His presence. Together for the Gospel in Love!
“There are no crown-seaters in heaven who were not cross bearers here below” – Charles Spurgeon