Jesus Shows The Full Extent Of His Love

Daily God Walk for Thursday, November 19, 2009

 It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.”   – John 13:1

 

We’ve all played the “How much do you love me” game with our children or our true love. They’ll ask how much do you love me and we will spread our arms as wide as we can and reply, “This much.” The reason it is that much is because that is far as our arms can reach.

When Jesus spread his arms as wide as he could to show how much he loved us they drove nails in his hands. The disciples and others knew he loved them, but they just didn’t know how much. It was Jesus himself who said, “No greater love has any man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

There were many who followed Jesus, and a few he called friends. He said, “You are my friends if you do what I command” (John 15:14). This was not a statement he was making to coerce people into doing what he said, this is the statement that followed the one about giving your life for a friend.

The point Jesus was making is that the father was asking him to do what no one else could do and he would do it willingly for his friends. All he is asking his friends to do is realize the value of his friendship and respect his wishes and direction for their lives.

We know that while on this earth Jesus was God/man. He was both God and man, but it was not God who was dying on the cross it was the man in whom God dwelt. It was the man Jesus who would have his hands and feet nailed to the cross, a spear driven in his side and a mocking crown placed on his head.

It was this man who was driven to persevere all pain and humiliation to show his followers “the full extent of his love.” There is no sacrifice we could make that would equal his, but we are still asked to show our love by giving ourselves as he gave himself.

You have shown God and the world the full extent of your love – what have they seen to be the full extent of your love?

 Principle: God sees the extent of your love – what have you shown him?

 Affirmation: I am committed to obeying him, whatever he asks.

 Prayer: Thank you Lord for showing us how much you love us. Grant me the grace to return that love. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 145 – Esther 9-10 – Revelation 1 – Proverbs 19

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