Jesus’ Love Is To The End
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 16 March 2017
1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
1 John 4:19
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
The Passover season had arrived, and by Friday He would be utterly rejected and executed. To celebrate the Passover with His disciples, He gathered them in an upper room in Jerusalem. It has also been His intention to speak to the disciples. Knowing that He was soon to go to the cross to die for the sins of the world, He was still concerned with the needs of His twelve disciples.
In what were literally the last hours before His death, Jesus kept showing His disciples His love. Verse 1 says, “Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.” “To the end” in the Greek is eis telos, and it means that He loved them to perfection. He loved them to the uttermost. He loved them with fullness of love. It is amazing that even as He has arrived at the time of His suffering and cruel death, His heart was lovingly concerned for the disciples. That is the nature of Christ’s love. When He was arrested, He arranged that the disciples would not be arrested. While He was on the cross, He made sure that John would give Mary a home and care for her in years to come. And in the midst of all the pain and suffering, He was conscious of that one would-be disciple hanging next to Him.
He loves utterly, absolutely, perfectly, totally, completely, and unreservedly. At the moment when most men would have been wholly concerned with self, He selflessly humbled Himself to meet the needs of others. Genuine love is like that of Jesus. It is the nature of genuine love to be selfless and giving. Love “seeketh not her own” (1 Cor 13:5). And here is the great lesson of this whole account: Only absolute humility and selflessness can generate absolute love.
Do I believe Jesus’ words?
Thank You for giving me Your Word, Lord.