The Lord Jesus speaking of His disciples:
“Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” (John 13:1 ESV)
The last thing my Mom ever audibly spoke to me was “I love you.” and I will forever treasure those words. The phrase ‘I love you’ hasn’t always meant a lot to me but I think as time goes on I realize that it is actually a really deeply-felt feeling it has started meaning more and more to me. My mom brought me into this world and cared for me as a helpless infant. She made me three meals a day (till I could make my own breakfast). She would wipe my fevered brow and make sure I was comfortable when I was sick. She would never ignore me if I came to her bedside in the middle of the night. She always prayed for me. That is unconditional and selfless love. The love of a mother. What about the love of our Heavenly Father though?
“He loved them to the end”. It says that Jesus loved his disciples till the very last nano second he had breath. His love for His children was unconditional and 100% selfless. He died the brutal death that they deserved. Even though every single one of them had hurt His heart by sinning against Him at some point in their lives, He still loved them. As the God who formed them in their mother’s womb and gave them breath He loves His little fallen sheep. As He hung there on the cross He wasn’t thinking “Oh but "Billy" committed that really really bad sin… I don’t think I can love him after doing that.” Jesus loves without boundaries. His love is endless and His grace to sinners is always available till their last breath.
There is very, very little chance we will ever be able to comprehend the love that Jesus has for us. Even if we could see it we would be entirely overwhelmed by the extent of it. There is no way we will ever be able to give love like His to others on our own, as much as we’d like to be able to. God is un-measurable and full of loving compassion. Sadly most will reject it and turn their backs upon the one who loves best. Let us be a people that is heavenly minded with an earthly purpose to love those that don’t know love exists.