I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:
TO LOVE ME TO THE END (part 2)
JOHN 13:1 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.
We must also consider what Satan was bombarding Christ with at this moment. Imagine what that evil deceiver was saying to Jesus in the unseen, unheard, Spirit realm. Was Satan reminding Him of our inevitable lack of gratitude for what Jesus was about to do? Was Satan recalling to Jesus how humanity had come to the point that the thoughts of man were “only evil continually”? Did Satan describe the evil that mankind would continue digress to even after Jesus would sacrifice for our sins. We know Satan does not play fair, and I am certain that on this day, of all days, Satan was as unfair and deceptive as he could be.
Consideration should also be given to what thoughts of the future might have been going through the mind of Christ at this Passover feast. Did He see millions of babies being murdered on a daily basis? Did Jesus see helpless children being slaughtered by Satanic controlled individuals? Did Jesus see the apathy that would permeate the attitude of many Christians? Did Jesus see how little we would be willing to sacrifice, just before He paid the ultimate sacrifice?
We must remember that Jesus could have just said no. He could have left in an instant to return to His heavenly home and bypassed all of this. He could have just said that God created us and gave us a chance, but we blew it and, Oh Well! Maybe He could just start over and create some more people and abort this experiment. He could have just let us go to Hell, after all, we deserved it anyway. I mean, people get out of church over far less than that. People abandon marriages for much less than that. Jesus had much more reason to let us die, than to give His precious life to save a people that would eventually give up on Him for far less. SELAH!
As the verse says, Jesus could have left out of this world and gone to the Father, only to never come back. At this point, He had already loved us enough to be more than we deserved. Nobody would have blamed Him. There would have been plenty of evidence to support that decision.
I know that, so far, these are not the most encouraging thoughts or reminders, but maybe that is because we need to be thinking and reminded. But don’t get impatient. Tomorrow is coming!