“I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”-John 17:26
Jesus’s betrayal and crucifixion were immanent, yet notice what Jesus said: “…I will continue to make your name known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them.” He was about to face unimaginable suffering, yet his words still reflected the deepest possible affection for his friends.
Jesus wants us to see, in every conceivable way, that God is not only loving, but that God is love itself. The apostle John, who wrote down these words, also wrote in one of his letters to the church, “Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love” (1 Jn. 4:8).
Every single thing that God has done throughout eternity has been an act of divine love. The creation of the world, his wrath against evil, and the death of his Son were all acts of great love, just as his ongoing redemption of the world is love.
Jesus, you came and showed the way of love and called us into your higher story, but so often I resist. I live a mundane, small life. Open my eyes that I might fathom the heights and depths and lengths of your love and that no matter where I go, I am in you. Amen.