John 13.1 cont.
1 However, before the feast of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that His time (hour) had come that He should leave this world and go to the Father, He loved His own in this world, He loved them to the end.
Love is perhaps the greatest emotion that we have, and we all like to love and be loved.
The Bible tells us that God is love. This is very different from what many people believe about God. There are many who see God as an angry God, who wants to punish and destroy people. They see God as a vengeful God, without mercy or compassion. Yet they fail to see that the revelation of God in the Bible tells us that God loves us and wants to bless us. It is true that there is a consequence to our sin if we do not repent and turn to Him, and that is judgement and hell. This we bring upon ourselves if we fail to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
It is in God sending Jesus into the world to save us that we see the greatest demonstration of love that there has ever been or ever will be.
Paul wrote: But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners – Romans 5.8 (NLT).
When John wrote his gospel he was looking back over 60 to 70 years, and he was recalling that night in the Upper room. The Holy Spirit prompted him to make this beautiful statement that Jesus loved His disciples. Maybe he recalled how they had seen that love every day since they began to follow Him. They were in no doubt about His love. There are a number of occasions in the gospels when His disciples were verbally attacked by the religious leaders, and Jesus stepped in to defend the actions of His disciples.
Jesus is the same as He was then, and always will be. Therefore, He loves each one of us, and since He and the Father are one we know that we are loved by God, our Father.
John also wrote these wonderful words about the greatness of God’s love for us: See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for He allows us to be called His children, and we really are! – 1 John 3.1 (NLT).