Daily Good News – The Extremity of Love
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Jul 31, 2015 704
“…having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end” (John 13:1).
This text describes the attitude of Jesus just before the Last Supper. The thought of what he was about to do, and the weight of the awesome burden he would carry almost overwhelmed him. But at this time, we are told that he loved these people “to the end”. We need to go back to the Greek text to understand exactly what this means; the Common English Bible gives us a nearer translation: “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them fully.”
What the text means is that Jesus loved them to the uttermost. It is extreme love. Think about it. It is not just a love that goes beyond what we can understand or beyond what we have experienced. However you might want to define love, Jesus takes it to the absolute max, in a way that only the divine heart of bottomless love can do. Jesus takes love to the end.
Jesus was talking about his disciples, with whom he was about to eat the Last Supper. He was talking about Judas, who was about to betray him. He was talking about Peter, who would deny him, and the other disciples who would abandon him. He was also talking about you and me, by whom also he has been betrayed, denied, and abandoned. Yet he loves us to the end.