LOVE STRONGER THAN DEATH (JN 13,PS 51)
Updated: Apr 3
"Before the Passover Festival, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end." - John 13:1-2
Love Stronger Than Death by Charles Spurgeon- John 13
“All the distance between earth and heaven was soon to intervene between our Lord and his disciples; but yet he loved them, and he still loves them. No distance makes any difference between Jesus and his own”. I. Jesus calls them “His own” “He looked upon their redemption as being already accomplished, for in his prayer he said to his Father, ‘I have finished the work which you gave me to do.’ Beloved friends, have you ever thought how we, just like the Apostles, are Christ’s own by his redemption of us? ‘You are not your own; ye are bought with a price.’ (1 Cor. 6:20) Have you ever realized the price that was paid for you?... What a title for us to wear, ‘His Own.’”
II. Jesus loved His own “[His own] were poor and inconsiderable; but he loved them, and he showed his love to them by calling them to be his disciples. That love worked upon their hearts, and made them obedient to his call. He began by loving them. David says, “ Thou hast loved my soul out of the pit.” (Psalm 30:3)...The love of God loves us out of the pit, and loves us to Christ. Thus Christ loved his people from the beginning, and proved his love by drawing them to himself, and the cords he used to draw them were the bands of his love.”
III. Jesus loved his own who were in the world Being in the world, you see, [his own] began to be persecuted. They were stoned; they were shut up in prison; they were dragged into an amphitheater to be torn of lions; but ‘he loved them… but, ‘Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of you we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors† through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God† that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)
IV. Jesus loved his own until the end “The sentence may be rendered, ‘Having loved his own which were in the world he loved them to perfection.’ He could not love them any better; that was impossible. He could not love them more wisely; that would be out of the question. He could not love them more intensely… There is no such love in all the world as the love of Christ to his people; and if you were to gather up all the loves that ever were… and heap up all these loves, the love of Jesus is of superior quality to them all, for not of those loves are absolutely perfect, but Jesus Christ loves to perfection.