Week Three - Day Three
A Truly Scandalous Love
Jeremiah 31:3b - I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Jeremiah 31:34 - And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
John 13:1 - 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.
God of all eternity has chosen to love his creation in a powerful way. God, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah in chapter 31, is describing his plan to restore his people back from their Babylonian exile. Despite their unfaithfulness to him, he will demonstrate his faithfulness by restoring the nation to them and “turn their mourning into joy” and “comfort them, and give gladness for their sorrow” (Jer. 31:13). Later in that chapter, God describes exactly how this great love and joy will be given. He says, “for they shall all know me.” It’s through his relationship with us that we will receive ultimate joy and celebration.
Jesus used miracles to demonstrate his power and love for people during his ministry. He also used acts of service. In John 13, when Jesus is alone with his disciples he demonstrated his love for them, not through miracles, but through the washing of their feet. In this moment, he shows exactly the kind of relationship that was prophesied in Jeremiah 31. Jesus, Almighty God, the great I AM, the King of kings and Lord of lords, put on the garb of a servant and washed the dirt and grime from the feet of his disciples.
If that doesn’t stretch your mind beyond understanding, he not only washed the feet of the eleven who would be faithful to him but also the feet of Judas Iscariot, the one who would betray him (Matthew 26:14-16). Yet, knowing what was to come, he stooped before the feet of his betrayer and loved him “to the end.”
Our sins nailed Jesus to the cross; yet, he stoops to love us as he loved his disciples that night. Our God and our Savior washes our feet, pouring out his perfect love upon us to the very end. This is our Savior’s heart.
• How has the forgiveness and love you have received through Jesus impacted your life this week?
• Who in your circle of influence needs to hear this truth today?
• How could you practically share this love with someone else?