“As the Father hath
loved Me so have I loved you…” (John 15:9)
One of the last things of which Jesus
reminded His disciples before returning to Heaven was His
great love for them. He told them He loved them as much as His Father
loved Him. That’s some kind of love.
When you stop and think
about that for a moment, it’s kind of overwhelming. The Bible says,
“God is Love.” (1John 4:8) The Bible does not say, “God has
Love.” It says, “God IS Love.” That’s what He is. He is
Because He is love, it is not possible for
Him to do anything but love, in spite of how religion
falsely blames Him for all evil. All that concentrated love was directed
and released towards His Son, Jesus.
Jesus said and says to His disciples, “I
have the same concentrated love for you that My Father has for Me.”
That’s more love than anyone is capable of fully understanding.
It’s that concentrated love that made a
very difficult job easy for Jesus to do. That’s why He said …
“Therefore doth my Father love me,
because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay
it down, I have power to take it again...” (John 10:17-18)
It was His great love for you and me that
caused Him to be so willing to lay His life down and pay for our
sins. As difficult as it was for Him to leave His Father and come to
Earth, it was made easy by the thought of what He would gain – a human
family who would gather around His Father’s Throne. A family who
would love Him and His Father forever – as a conscious act of their own
Jesus did not come to redeem robots.
He came to redeem human beings created in the image and likeness of His
precious, loving Father. (Genesis 1:26) This made a difficult task
Only love can make the difficult easy. If
you’re a parent, you know this experientially.
Another difficult assignment for which
Jesus volunteered was to leave the disciples He loved so deeply and return
to Heaven. However, this, too, was made easy because Jesus knew what it
would result in.
“I tell you the truth; It is
expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will
not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” (John 16:7)
The “Comforter” is another name for the Holy Spirit. Look at something
else Jesus said about the Holy Spirit.
“But ye shall receive power, after
that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me
both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the
uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)