Scripture: John 13:1, ‘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.’
Observations: This was probably the third time that Jesus had celebrated the Passover with his disciples, but this time he knew it was going to be his last. According to John, ‘Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father.’ Jesus had on numerous occasions revealed that he was going to be handed over to the religious leaders and be killed. But here John reveals that Jesus knew that shortly after his death and resurrection he would ‘leave this world and return to heaven.’ And if Jesus had already shown how much he loved those who belonged to God’s family he was about to ‘show them the full extent of his love.’ Jesus is about to show us how much he loves us. And he does that by washing his disciples’ feet (v2-17). She humbles himself and takes on the role of a servant. But even more than that he shows how far he willing to go in order to cleanse God’s people, not just washing their feet, but washing away their sin through his blood spilt on the cross. Elsewhere, John writes, ‘This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. (1 Jn 4:9)’ In fact, earlier he had written ‘This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. (1 Jn 3:16a)’ We learn the ‘full extent of God’s love’ in Jesus’ death for us on the cross.
Application: If you’ve ever wondered whether God loves you, all you have to do is look at Jesus and his death on the cross – that’s how much God loves you, he was willing to die in order to save you from your sin, in order to reconcile you with himself. The Apostle Paul writes, ‘if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Rom 5:10)’ If God loved us enough to die for us while we were his enemies, how much more must he love us now we are his children. If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ, you never need to doubt whether God loves you, he’s proved it on the cross.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that in Jesus and His death on the cross You have showed me the full extent of Your love. Lord, I can’t fathom how deep Your love for me must be that You would humble Yourself and become my brother in order to die in my place so that I could have an eternal relationship with You. Lord, may I never doubt Your love, even though I am so undeserving of it. Lord, help me to trust in Your love, and help me to love You and others in return. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.