Have you ever felt fully loved? What made you feel that way?
At the Passover meal in the Upper Room with his disciples, this beautiful statement is made about Jesus. “Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to his Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.”
Jesus would do this by serving them in the greatest possible way, laying down his life for them. “For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus humbled himself and became a servant, stooping down to cleanse the disciples’ filthy feet.
Philippians 2:7-9 tells us that Jesus “did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross.”
Jesus humbled himself and became a servant, dying to cleanse the disciples’ sin-stained souls.
In this way, Jesus showed the full extent of his love.
Jesus, if I am ever going to show the full extent of your love to a lost and dying world, I must model the incarnation, being willing to first show the full extent of my love.
Father, teach me how to love like Jesus.