Scripture Reading:  John 13:1-5

“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)

Christ’s love for us is unending.  Even when Jesus faced the cross, His heart was directed in love toward His disciples.  On the night in which Jesus was betrayed, He gathered His disciples in the upper room where He shared the Passover meal with them.  On that particular  occasion He instituted the meal we celebrate honoring Jesus’ sacrificial work, the Lord’s Supper.  The Lord’s Supper points to the great love Jesus has for us.  We are told that Jesus “loved His own who were in the world.”

The extent of Jesus’ love for us is beyond comprehension:  “to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19).  We can never grasp the full extent of it.  Jesus’ love for us is sacrificial, unconditional, and unending.  “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).  Jesus gave up everything for us; His love is sacrificial and it is unconditional.  His love for us is not based on anything we do or do not do.  He simply loves us because He Himself is love (I John 4:8).  And His love for us is an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).  Jesus’ love never fails!

And the good news is that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus:  “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything that in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

Lord Jesus, I cannot comprehend how much You love me.  You gave Your life for me.  I know that You love me with an unconditional, sacrificial and unending love.  Your love for me will never fail and nothing can separate me from it.


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