v 1. Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end.
Jesus’ disciples were a motley bunch! Fishermen (from Galilee of all low-class and hardly-civilised places), a Tax Collector (widely reviled in society), a Zealot (a kind of anti-Roman guerrilla), to list but a few. There were times when they really failed to understand what He was on about, and Jesus knew a time was coming when they would run away and desert Him. So what was there about them that kept them together? Simple – they saw, they felt, they partly grasped the astounding fact that Jesus loved them! John puts it this way ‘. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. ‘ Through all the heartache and pain Jesus endured; in spite of their failings; through all the loneliness of His trial and the agony of the cross ‘Jesus loved them to the very end.’
And with the shadow of the cross hanging over Him, He kneels down and washes their feet! Love took the lowest station; love goes beyond what words can express.
What I want you to know today is that Jesus loves you in exactly the same way. You may feel a failure at times (didn’t Peter?), and then sense God is remote and uncaring. (He isn’t) Just grasp the fact that you are loved beyond all measure. And that His love never fails.