Session 7: Fullest Extent of Love

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washing_feetThis post is about John, Chapter 13, and the main topic of this passage is summarized by this statement: “Jesus fully loved me and I should follow His example to fully love my neighbor.” It is closely related to the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-37, Mark 12:30-31).

You may find yourself in the role of a leader, either as a spouse or parent, or at work, or at your church. I want you to understand that yours is not a position where you are served, but you are called to be a servant. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

Dr. Gary Chapman wrote a marriage help book, called The Five Love Languages. In it, Chapman suggests that there are five ways to express heartfelt commitment. That list includes: (1) Words of Affirmation, (2) Quality Time, (3) Receiving Gifts, (4) Acts of Service, and (5) Physical Touch. Be aware of this as you attempt to share the love of Jesus with others. Not everyone will understand your act of service as love; instead their love language may be that you spend quality time with them.

Jesus symbolically expressed His love in the object lesson where He washed His disciple’s feet. Typically, the lowliest servant was tasked to greet the guests at the door, to untie their sandals and wash off the schmutz from the streets. The room was full of supposed servants. But, none of the disciples were ready to volunteer for such a task because they had been arguing about who among them would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Luke 22:24).

When Jesus approached Peter with the wash bowl and towel, Peter was horrified to see His master in such a humble position. So, he recklessly and emphatically replied, “You shall NEVER wash my feet!” Oh, Peter! Don’t you realize that washing your feet is symbolic to Jesus washing away your sins with His own blood (1 Corinthians 6:11, Revelation 7:14). Thus, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me” expresses the necessity for Jesus’ atoning blood, as the Lamb of God, to make him fit for the kingdom of God.

Who did Jesus love? He loved both the impulsive Peter and betrayer Judas Iscariot. One repented and was restored, and one did not. To the end, Jesus waited for Judas (Psalm 55:12-14, 2 Peter 3:9). And he waits for you as well.  How He loves you to the fullest extent of love!

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2 Responses

  1. One True God

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I think I would never understand.

    It seems too complex and extremely broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  2. Cheryl - google plus app for iphone

    My family says that I am wasting my time here on the web; except I know I am getting knowledge every day by reading these pleasant articles about Jesus.

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