It got me thinking about the upper room, before Jesus died. Here Jesus gives us three pictures of how we are loved. The waterfall, promotion, God’s compass. They all deserve reflection as we immerse ourselves in how we have been loved by the triune God.
First, the waterfall:
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” (John 15:9)
Here the love of the Father for His Son cascades over to us. We stand in a beginningless, limitless torrent of love. Think about it. Take the word ‘as’ with utmost seriousness.
Then there’s promotion to Jesus’ side:
The Father Himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. (John 16:27)
Here, in loving Christ we are raised shoulder to shoulder with the Son. Think how highly we have been raised. Anointed ones alongside the Anointed One. Sons and daughters alongside the Son. Receiving the same love from the Father that Jesus does. Promoted into the Godhead!
Then there’s God’s compass placed within us:
…in order that the love You [Father] have for Me may be in them and that I myself may be in them. (John 17:26)
The Father’s own ‘true north’ of love for His Son is placed within the Christian. Now we have the Father’s love for His Son in us. The Christian loves the Son with the love the Father has placed within us. That beginningless, limitless waterfall is not only something we receive, it’s something that now flows from within us (John 7:38f).
How He has loved us! How He has caught us up in His love! Meditate on these things