Read John 13:1-11
There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me – From Cory Asbury’s Reckless Love
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. – John 13:1
Holy Week is the eight days beginning Palm Sunday (the day I am writing this post) through Easter Sunday. For these eight days I will focus on various aspects of Jesus’ love’s expression.
In this encounter between Jesus and his disciples I am especially drawn to John’s assertion that Jesus loved his disciples to the end. I think of the powerful witness of Cory Ashbury’s Reckless Love, and rejoice that God lights up dark corners of our life, and is not stopped by tall mountains, walls, or our own lies.
Sometimes the bright light of truth hurts our eyes. It’s easier to live in darkness and denial than to face the reality of our sins – if, that is, we have no hope of redemption and grace. But God’s reckless love is coming after us, chasing us down, exposing lies and kicking down the walls of our isolation. He does not come in anger, resentment, or judgment. He comes in grace, mercy, and love.
That’s good news for anyone who knows he is caught in darkness, or sinful self-deception. That’s good news for those who need a Savior to come into their loneliness, or who are far away from God.
It’s the good news of Holy Week, and I look forward to reflecting on that this week.