DayBreaks for 1/12/16: To the End!
Galen is out of the country. While he is gone, you will be receiving DayBreaks from the DayBreaks archive from January, 2006.
John 13:1 (KJV) – Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
Churches talk a lot about ministries. Sometimes we are trying to get people to volunteer to help out, at other times, we’re trying to just get people involved who are sitting on the sidelines and being spectators. There are plenty of ministry opportunities in this world: the tsunami victims, Katrina victims, Pakistani earthquake victims, those affected by the genocide in Africa, the poor and hungry here in the United States and perhaps in your own town. The list of opportunities to minister to others is longer than could ever be printed, I suppose.
It is a good thing that we talk about ministering to our fellow humans. God wants and expects us to do so, in the name of Jesus. But sometimes we don’t focus that much on Jesus’ service to us. At the last Passover, Jesus washed his follower’s feet. In that washing of the feet, Fleming Rutledge sees strong parallels that we may have missed: the cleansing of the feet represents the cleansing by blood and water that was to come that Friday. The laying down of his garments foreshadows the laying down of his life as a sacrifice. She reminds us that this was his last action of Jesus towards his disciples as a whole before he lays his life down for them. The apostle John seemed to grasp the significance when he noted that it was the proof that “he loved them unto the end.”
Ms. Fleming writes that he loved them “…to the end of his earthly strength, to the end of his earthly capacity, to the end of his earthly life. But far more, to the end of the world, to the outermost boundaries of time, and beyond his own Second Coming into the time that is beyond time, he loves us to the end.”
Isn’t it wonderful to know that, in spite of all the loves you have experienced on this earth – parent, friend, child, brother or sister, spouse – that there truly is one love that will never, ever run out, get tired of you, stop loving you or get bored with you? That is the love of Jesus for his followers. And that is the love that will follow and chase us throughout all eternity!
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, even the best love that we’ve ever experience here on this earth has been flawed and has failed us – and we have failed others with our imperfect love – and we’re inclined to be fearful that your love may someday fail us, too. Lord, how we long to fully experience a love that is perfect, without any flaw, which will never grow old or tired of us. Teach us to love others with that kind of love, and most of all, to love you in response in the very best way possible until we are perfected in heaven and see you face to face! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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