Jesus' Love to those in the World

by Frank Jones


Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would 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)

"But clearly the inspired Evangelist is speaking here of Christ's love to his own that were then in the world, as distinct from that part of the one great family that had already gone home to glory; and to this point, therefore, our attention must for the present be confined. What, then, were some of those ways in which Jesus had specially manifested his love to his own that were then in the world as distinct from those who had already gone home? Indeed, his whole conduct towards them may be briefly summed up in these words: 'He loved them'. He always loved them; and there was not a single word that he ever spake to them, or a single action that he ever performed towards them, but it emanated from his love to them. ... And who can tell in how many ways Jesus loves his own that are in the world still - visiting them with his gracious presence, instructing and guiding them by his word and Spirit, preserving them in his providence, strengthening them by his grace, comforting them with his love, and maturing them for his eternal glory?" (Ross, Charles. The Inner Sanctuary: An Exposition of John Chapters 13-17. Banner of Truth, 8-9, 10)