Jesus knew that His time had come. This was it. Final countdown. T minus just a few hours. He had come from the Father into the world He created and soon He would return to the Father from the world He sought to redeem.
And He knew how it would all go down. He fully understood how the journey would have to be made. In just a few hours His sweat would be like drops of blood falling to the ground as He through anguished prayer anticipated what lay before Him. Shamefully abused at the hands of men. Painfully put to death on a Roman cross by the tide of rejection that would come from His own people. But more than that, He knew He would be forsaken by His Father. He readied Himself to see only God’s back as He who knew no sin would become sin for us.
A lot to anticipate. Hard to stay focused. But I’m reminded this morning that, despite what lay ahead, my Savior maintained a laser focus on those who had walked with Him.
Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that the time had come to leave this world to go to the Father. Having loved His dear companions, He continued to love them right to the end.
(John 13:1 ESV)
Right to the end. That’s how Jesus loves His own.
In these last hours spent with His disciples Jesus would wash their feet, leaving them an indelible reminder of the priority of being servants. He would reveal to them the coming and ministry of the Holy Spirit. He would exhort them to pursue spiritually fruitful lives through an abiding relationship with Him. He promised them He would come again for them. And He prayed for them: that they would be kept by God while in the world and that they would glorify God while in the world.
With all that lay before Him, Jesus still resolved to love His own . . . and to love them right to the end.
That’s how my Lord loves. Right to the end.
The work He has begun in those He has redeemed, He completes. The promises He makes to those who are of His flock, He keeps. The many rooms He prepares for those who by faith pursue His heavenly calling, He fills them all. The glory that’s His to behold, He will reveal.
The provision needed to partake in the divine nature? We’ve got it. Mercies new every morning? Count on them. Grace sufficient for the day? Flowing without measure.
That’s how our Savior keeps His own. Right to the end.
And we will praise Him. And, by His grace and enabling, we will serve Him. And one day, perhaps not too distant, we shall behold Him.
Loved right to the end. Saved to the uttermost. Not because of who we are , but because of what He’s done. Not because of what we’ve done, but because of who He is.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
(Jude 1:24-25 ESV)
By His grace. For His glory