A Short Study of John 13:1

“Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.”
(John 13:1)

No matter how believers feel or what we do, the love of Christ toward us is just like the Saviour Himself, “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). His love was not caused by our goodness, for we had none; and it will not be diminished by our sins, though we have many. His love existed before time began and when time shall be no more that love will still endure. Christ’s love for His Bride is more certain than the light of the sun, more lasting than the hills and the mountains, and more to be prized than all the wealth of this world.

Think of this, child of God. “Christ loved the church, and gave Himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25). Such was His love for us that He willingly laid down His life to satisfy divine justice, to put away our sins and to reconcile us to God. No wonder the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write, “And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19). Bless the name of Christ for His everlasting love for His covenant people. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” It is this love which constrains us to do His will and to seek His glory in all things (2 Corinthians 5:14). May we, therefore, “Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” (Ephesians 5:2)

Let the praise of the saints arise to our altogether lovely Saviour who, “having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.” (John 13:1)

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