"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 1:1 (ESV, emphasis mine)
"He loved them to the end." Wow! Sit with those words for a few minutes. Jesus loved his disciples, his children, us to the end. He loves me, with all my faults, failures, sins, to the very end. His love is relentless.
As with most moments when I'm struck by a passage, I immediately start singing a hymn or song that connects me with the scripture. I love music. I can't sing or play a musical instrument; but music still speaks to the depth of my soul. So, when I read and pondered John 13 this morning; my heart began to sing the old hymn "The Love of Christ is Rich and Free." If you don't know the song, my favorite version is done by Sandra McCracken.
The words to the song are amazing!
The love of Christ is rich and free;
Fixed on His own eternally;
Nor earth, nor hell, can it remove;
Long as He lives, His own He’ll love.
Their everlasting Surety;
’Twas love that took their cause in hand,
And love maintains it to the end.
Nor death, nor hell, nor sin, nor law,
Can turn the Surety’s heart away;
He’ll love His own to endless day.
And love will bring them safe to God;
Love calls them all from death to life;
And love will finish all their strife.
Nor aught from Him can Zion wean;
Not all the wanderings of her heart
Can make His love for her depart.
In endless bliss, His own shall prove
The blazing glory of that love
Which never could from them remove.