Your good news today is a reminder of Jesus’ love for you: it is sacrificial, unconditional, and transformative, and we see this in John 19:30, John 8:10-11, and John 21:7.
1. John 19:30: The love of Jesus is unlike any other love we encounter in this world. It is a love that surpasses human understanding, for it is rooted in sacrifice. In John 19:30, we hear the final words of Jesus before His death, paying the price for the sins of the world: “When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and [voluntarily] gave up His spirit” (AMP). The profound demonstration of His love is evident in His willingness to lay down His life for us. Through His crucifixion, Jesus took upon Himself the weight of our sins, offering us redemption here on earth, and for eternal life. It is through this act of selflessness that we witness the most profound expression of love—sacrificing one's own life for the salvation of others. His love is a beacon of hope, a reminder that no matter how lost we may feel, we are cherished beyond measure.
2. John 8:10-11: Jesus loves us unconditionally, without judgment or condemnation. In a world where we are often measured by our mistakes and shortcomings, His love remains unwavering. In John 8, Jesus came to the rescue of a woman about to be stoned for her sins. Jesus made sure that this did not happen, and in verses 10-11 it says: “Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She answered, “No one, Lord!” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go. From now on sin no more” (AMP). He accepts us for who we are, with all our flaws and imperfections. It is through this unconditional love that we find the strength to confront our weaknesses and grow in His grace. His love is a mirror that reflects our infinite worth in His eyes, inspiring us to rise above our limitations and become the best versions of ourselves.
3. John 21:7: The love of Jesus is not passive; it is transformative. When we open our hearts to His love, we undergo a profound metamorphosis. Peter, after he had denied Jesus 3 times was devastated at his betrayal of Jesus when the pressure was on. But one thing Peter knew: Jesus would take Him back. After Jesus’ resurrection in John 21:7 we read, “Then that disciple (John) whom Jesus loved (esteemed) [spotted Jesus and] said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer tunic (for he was stripped for work) and threw himself into the sea [and swam ashore]” (AMP). The love of Jesus had transformed Peter, and he did not hesitate to return to Him. Jesus’ love empowers us to love others in the same way, fostering a community of compassion and kindness. It challenges us to forgive, to show mercy, and to extend grace to those around us. It inspires us to seek justice and stand up for the marginalized and oppressed. The transformative love of Jesus calls us to be vessels of His love, radiating His light into the world.
In our existence, the love of Jesus stands as a thread that weaves through the hearts of His disciples, connecting us to the divine and to a love so extraordinary, that it still inspires to this day. It is a love that defies logic, transcends boundaries, and ignites the flame of hope within us. It is easy to wonder how Jesus could love us like this, but the answer is both simple and profound: He loves us because His nature is love itself. His love is a beacon of light in our darkest moments, a balm for our wounded souls, and a guiding star on our journey. May we carry the knowledge of His love with us always, allowing it to inspire us to live lives that reflect His boundless grace.
Heavenly Father, we are overwhelmed by the depth of Jesus’ affection for us. We thank You for the gift of His love, which has the power to transform our lives and inspire us to be better. Lord, help us carry the message of His love into the world, that others may also come to experience the beauty of Your grace. May we, through our actions and words, be living testimonies of His love. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.