Re: Verse reading–John 13:1-17; 31-38 (day five)
John 13 is closely connected to the prayer in Ephesians 3. “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,”. John describes the exact actions and attitude of Jesus that the apostle Paul prays the believers in Ephesus would understand and appreciate. The hope is that those early Christians would be filled, inspired, and strengthened.
John 13:1 “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
Jesus’ love for His disciples is “wide”- Loving His disciples completely and perfectly during His three years of ministry and teaching. Through times of questioning, unbelief, slow progress, and stubbornness, His love for them never falters or runs out.
Jesus’ love for them is “deep”- Loving His disciples with intensity and determination in the moments of service, suffering, and sacrifice. Jesus’ love is not lessened by humility, pain, or sorrow. In fact, His love remains sturdy and visible.
May God give us grace to become more aware and in awe of His love for us!