JOHN 13 vs 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. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
To me this is such a heart searching story and a perfect example of the highest love. Agape love. An unbreakable, inseparable, unconquerable and everlasting love.
Jesus was in the upper room with His disciples only a few hours before His death. The disciples preoccupied with their own egos and pride were arguing who are the greatest among them. Then Jesus got up, took off his garments and washed their feet like a slave.
It is astonishing to me this self-sacrificing, serving love! Jesus knew that He would hang on a cross the very next day. He also knew that Judas would betray Him and yet He chose to lose Himself in His love for His disciples! He was just pouring out unconditional love!
You know, I’ve been living with this terminal, disabling disease for eight years and I understand a little bit about how easy it is to get caught up in your own situation, climbing the mountain in front of you. Not Jesus! Perfect love! To be honest, there are no words and no mind to understand this love!
The Bible says “He loved them to the end” In Greek “to the end” is the word eistelos. It is the same word Jesus spoke just before He died, it means complete! Unto the end, fully, totally, completely, for eternity! Amazing isn’t it!
This example of Jesus is begging us to love the same, because if the gifts of the Spirit in our lives are not motivated by the fruits of the Spirit, then we are performing our gifts merely out of our own flesh. God doesn’t want us doing our own thing in our own power.
Jesus’ life was never taken from him, he gave it freely! The great King died on a cross and it was His love for us that lead Him & kept Him on that cross.
I just love the way Paul, having gone through so much in his life said “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. I’m convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, or things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Can we do the same? Maybe this world will never hear what we have to say, but they will feel our love!
I’d like to share something I wrote —
I know a Love, who has loved me to the end of love
How will I speak of Him, lest my heart feels the shame?
Wretched, sinful man that I am
For all I know and have and am, made by His precious hands
He came to wash my feet one day
His eyes revealed the pain of the betrayal
With his dying breath he loved me still
I knew that day, this Love no man can kill
I closed my eyes and silently prayed
Unfailing Love, help me love this way