Posted by: Terry | July 13, 2011

He loved them to the end

Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. (John 13:1 NIV)

The 33 year journey of Christ on the earth was coming to a close. We know little of his first 30 years, the Creator just lived day to day experiencing first-hand what life was like as a human. He lived in a family, worked we assume as a carpenter, attended religious events, experienced hot and cold, hunger and thirst, watched people live and die, struggle and fight – he is able to identify with all people.

Then for the last 3 years of his life the true nature of this obscure man who was also God and Creator was revealed and he became the center of attention in Israel; all in preparation for this “hour.” In just a few hours he would be turned over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified, he would cry out “It is finished,” and his purpose for the last 33 years would be accomplished. The plan of the ages to bring redemption to lost people would be complete. God could be “just and the one who justifies.”

While on earth Jesus drew many to himself, but there were 12 that were his closest, hand picked, inner circle of friends. They had traveled the three years with him, listened and laughed with him. He loved them to the end, he loved them to the uttermost. Now as he prepared himself for the ordeal of the next morning he gives his closest friends one final lesson, one parting demonstration of his love and purpose for coming.

Even as they argued amongst themselves about who was the greatest (Luke 22), he got up from the table and took on the role of a low ranked servant to wash their feet. The Christ, Messiah, Creator made it clear that they remember him as servant. They would not understand until after his death and resurrection what great service he had rendered – the washing of their very souls, not just the washing of their feet.

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  1. Another wonderful blog post, Terry. Thank you for reminding me of Jesus’ servant nature that I may be humble, walk with a heart filled with God’s purpose and say “yes” when I am asked to serve.


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