Read John 13:1-20 here
“Before the Festival of Passover, Jesus knew that his time had come to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them fully.” -John 13:1
It is clear that the crowds who hoped Jesus would come to the festival, those who gathered around him and cheered, “Hosanna,” had not thought this all the way through. They loved Jesus alright, but only if he was going to do the things they hoped he would do, like rout the Romans and become their new king. When Jesus turned out differently than they had hoped, the love of the crowds proved to be fickle, as is much of the love we receive and give as human beings.
That is why it is so remarkable when you see a parent helping their special needs child cross a finish line, or a spouse caring for his Alzheimer’s-addled wife. That is why it is so remarkable, when you see love that has thought it through and has determined to love fully, all the way, come what may.
This is the way God loves us through Jesus, whether we love God that way or not. Jesus loves us, fully, to the end. Watch and learn.
Jesus, you know me. And you love me. Let this sink in to my bones, and then knit my bones to your love so that I will always love you and everyone in my life too. Amen.
Read a children’s book like “Guess How Much I Love You?” together.