Jesus’ Love Is In Action
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 11 March 2017
2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; 3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
hough Jesus’ love is perfect, men do reject it. Judas did just that. We read in verse 2: “And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him.” Judas was constantly experiencing the love of Christ, yet hating Him at the same time. Such rejection of His perfect love only makes man’s wickedness all too plain.
The contrast between Jesus and Judas is striking. Set against the backdrop of Judas’ hatred, Jesus’ love shines even brighter. The words of love by which Jesus gradually drew the hearts of the other disciples to Himself only pushed Judas further and further away. The reason for this contrast between Judas and Jesus is that while Judas was led by the devil, Jesus was led by the will of the Father (cf. v.3).
The more men hated Jesus and desired to hurt Him, the more it seemed He manifested love to them. He even met the greatest injury with supreme love. In an astonishing act of selflessness Jesus showed His disciples what love truly is. “He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded” (vv.4-5).
In supreme love, Jesus stood up, walked over and took the pitcher, and poured the water into the basin. He then removed His outer robe, His belt, and very likely His inner tunic, leaving Him clothed like a slave. He put a towel around His waist, and knelt to wash the feet of His disciples one by one. This supreme expression of humility and love must have stung the disciples’ hearts. They must have felt regretful for not doing the same. One of them could have had the joy of kneeling and washing the feet of Jesus. But they lost that opportunity and only can feel troubled. What a painful and profound lesson this was for them!
Real love is expressed in action, not just in words.
Teach me to love, as You have loved me.