HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.” John 13:1

This is . . .

  • love in its essence,
  • love in its consummate blossom and fruit,
  • love in its ultimate and final perfection.

The love of Jesus bends very low. It travels from Heaven to earth — and there is no science which can compute that distance. It seeks out the chief of sinners — and all human philanthropy is nothing compared to His surpassing generosity. It is not ashamed even of me — me in my depravity and my sin.

The love of Jesus gives very much. It wins my pardon, although my transgressions are scarlet in their dye and countless in their multitude. It brings me holiness, although I am prone to evil. It fills my cup to overflow with the rich and gladdening wine of Heaven!

The love of Jesus suffers very deeply. It was not by some word of kingly majesty alone — it was not easy and in a moment — that He made me the possessor of these incalculable blessings. God spared not His own Son. The Son spared not Himself. There was no bitterness from which He shrank. There was no punishment which He did not bear for me.

The love of Jesus lasts very long. Who shall separate me from it?

Life will not, with its manifold trials and temptations.

Death will not, with its icy chill.

Eternity will not, with its unending years!

“I pray that you may grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge!” Ephesians 3:17-19

Author: Patriarch Gregg

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