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As the Father Loves the Son

November 3, 2014

“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you:”
John 15:9

at the cross

Jesus’ declaration of His love for the disciples is breathtaking. Often the brief statements of John 15:9 are passed over in a rush to understand abiding in Christ, or in the urge to proclaim “love another.” This precious verse lies like a priceless jewel in the middle of well traveled trail that traverses a beautiful countryside. Though surrounded by wonders that captivate the heart, this single statement is far more glorious and valuable than any thing else in the whole grand vista of Jesus’ upper room discourse. “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you.” This phrase demands consideration. Though it be meditated on forever, the depths of its majesty will never be plumbed and the expanse of its glory will never be discovered. How does the Father love the Son? How does the Son love His own?

God loves the Son eternally. God has loved the Son as long as God has existed. All the way back in the dark, unimaginable depths of eternity past, the Father has loved the Son. As long as the Son has existed, throughout the fathomless eternal past, He has loved His own.

God loves the Son endlessly. Far forward into the vast stretches of eternity to come, when time has ceased and existence is immeasurable, when Newton’s ten thousand years will have come and gone ten thousand times, God will continue to love His Son. Nothing will ever happen to end God’s love for the Son. Just as certainly as the Father will love the Son, so the Son will continue to love His own. At no point in eternity will the Father cease to delight in the Son and at no point in eternity will the Son cease to delight in His own.

God loves the Son extensively. No limit or boundary can ever mark the horizon of God’s immeasurable love for His Son, no unimaginable journey in any imaginable direction or dimension will ever venture into sight of the limit of God’s love for the Son. No extremity, no matter how deep, far, or difficult will ever surpass the infinite bounds of the Son’s love for His own.

God loves the Son extraordinarily. How does one measure, explain or describe a love that has no beginning, end or boundary? How does one mark out infinity? The infinite love of the infinite God for His infinite Son is beyond any ability to comprehend. The infinite Son’s infinite love for His own is equally beyond understanding;

God loves the Son enduringly. God never slumbers, sleeps, fails, falters, nor has the least iota of turning. Likewise, His love for the Son never stops, turns, pauses, decreases or changes. The Son’s love for His own is equally immutable. The Son’s love never changes, wanes, ebbs or diminishes in the slightest degree.

As if to shine a ray of sunlight on this precious jewels that its facets may shine and sparkle with greater brilliance, four verses later Jesus tells the measure of human love. The greatest love is sacrificing one’s own life for a friend. Jesus is so superlative to all that is human that His love supercedes the greatest measure of human love. Jesus did not die for a friend, He died for His enemies. Jesus did not die in the heat of the moment or while gripped by the passion of emotional furor. Jesus died having contemplated for all eternity the death that was awaiting Him. Jesus not only died for His enemies, He died bearing on His shoulders their guilt and condemnation. He died for the very crimes that made them His enemies. He did what none can ever do. Though fully innocent He died fully bearing another’s guilt. Jesus’ love knows no bound. The cross is the brilliant display of a love that is so far beyond man that just a brief glimpse dazzles the eye and melts the heart.

“Greater love has no man than this, that He lay down such a life in such a fashion, and for such enemies so utterly unworthy!”
– Spurgeon

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