As I Have Loved You – The Priority and Pattern of God’s Love

 

That we are to love one another is clear in Scripture. But Jesus desires more than that: He wants us to love others in the same way that He loved us (John 13:34; 15:12, Luke 10:37, 1 John 4:11-12). Why?

 

Because God is Love, so true love must be God’s Love (1 John 4:16). And God has revealed His Love to us in Jesus Christ (1 John 4:10, Romans 5:8, John 1:18)! This means that true love can be most clearly found in Jesus! D’uh!

 

Therefore, if we are to love others in the same way that Jesus loves us, we must first ask the question, “How does Jesus love us?” (If you’re doing the 5Ws and 1H checklist on God’s Love, this is part of the 1H!) Thus, for the rest of this post, I will attempt to re-introduce you personally to the love of Jesus. So lend me your heart and “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” (2 Thes 3:5)

 

The Love of Jesus:

 

Consider, my friend that:

 

He loved us before the foundation of the world. Yes, He chose you and prepared a kingdom for you in heaven before you were born! (Eph 1:4, Matt 25:34) O Love that is from Everlasting!

 

He loved us in His birth. He was born in rags that we might live in spiritual riches! He “emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Phil 2:7). Why? So that He might be a fit mediator, being both God and man, so that He could save us (Job 9:33)! He humbled Himself also so that He could emphasize with us. Having suffered everything we could possible suffer, Hebrews says that He is able to be “touched” by our weaknesses (Heb 4:14-16)! O Love that is Humble!

 

He loved us in His life. It is for our sake that He lived (2 Cor 5:15)! He had to live, He had to be obedient to the commands, that He might be a perfect second Adam. It is in this way that He could purchase the covenant blessings for us! But what was His life like? “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Is 53:3). O Love that Suffers!

 

He loved us in Gethsemane. The night, the darkness, the anguish on His knees – The sweat that rolled down His beautiful cheeks was as blood. O Love in pain!

 

He loved us as He stood before Pilate. He was mocked, tried and examined so that He might be found to be a spotless Lamb of God. O Love in humiliation!

 

He loved us in His death. Oh, how did He love us in His death! He loved us with every spit that fell upon His precious face. He loved us in every thorn that crowned His blood-stained brow. He loved us with every jeer and laughter thrown at Him. Yes, but it is more than that! He loved us when we spit on His precious face. He loved us when we put the thorns on His brow. And He loved us when we mocked Him!

 

“Twas I that shed the sacred Blood,

            I nailed Him to the Tree,

I crucified the Christ of God,

            I joined the mockery”[1].

 

And so we sing, “I am the thorn in Your crown, But You loved me anyway. I am the sweat from Your brow, But You loved me anyway. I am the nail in Your wrist, But You loved me anyway. I am Judas’ kiss, But You loved me anyway”[2].

 

And come with me to the great theatre of Calvary in Isaiah 53. He loved us when He was crushed. He loved us when He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. He loved us when He was “stricken, smitten by God and afflicted”. He loved us when He was “wounded for our transgressions” and when He was “crushed for our iniquities”. And O, what words of love came out of that lips when He cried, “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:24).

 

He loved us in His resurrection, for He was raised for our justification. (Rom 4:25)

 

He loves us in His intercession. And what does He do now that He has been raised up in glory? Hebrews tells us that He lives. But, why? “To make intercession” for His saints! (Heb 7:25)

 

He loved us before the world, He loves us in His birth, He loves us in His life, He loved us in Gethsemane, He loved us at Calvary, and He loves us today in glory. (This is but a feeble painting of the greatness of His Love).

 

Conclusion:

My friends, this is the love Christ Jesus has for us. Amazing, isn’t it? It is only love that is this incredible that will truly motivate us and teach us what it means to love others.

 

The world says, “Love begins with us! Love begins in movies!” But no, my friends, love begins in Jesus.

 

For Prayer:

Rom 5:5

Eph 3:19

2 Thes 3:5

 

Further Study:

PUP Romans Part 1

PUP Romans Part 2

PUP John Part 2

Daryl first got acquainted with  Transform Student Ministries in 2011 serving in the Summer Intern Program. When we asked Daryl for a short bio for the blog, he told us that he is a great sinner, and has a great Savior.



[1] From I see the crowd in Pilate’s hall, by Horatius Bonar

[2] From You Love me Anyway, by Sidewalk Prophets

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