Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
March 18– Evening
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“As the Father has loved me, even so have I loved you.”
The Father loves the Son, and, in the same manner, Jesus loves his people. But how exactly does the Father love the Son? First, there was no beginning to Divine love, and there is no beginning to Jesus’s love for his people. He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” You can trace the beginning of human affection; you can easily find the beginning of your love to Christ, but his love to us is a stream whose source is hidden in eternity.
The Father loves the Son without any change. Christian, take this for your comfort: that there is no change in Jesus Christ’s love to those who rest in him. Yesterday you were on top of the mountain, and you said, “He loves me!” Today you are in the valley of humiliation, but he still loves you just the same. Yesterday, on the beautiful hills and mountains you heard him speak to you so sweetly, and today on the raging seas his heart remains faithful to you.
The Father’s love for the Son is without end, and this is how the Son loves his people. Dear saint, you don’t ever need to fear the loosening of his hold on you, for his love for you will never end. Be confident that, even down to the grave, Christ will go with you, and then, up again from it, he will be your guide to the heavenly hills.
The Father’s love for the Son is without measure, and the Son gives the same immeasurable love to his chosen ones. Christ’s whole heart is dedicated to his people. He “loved us and gave himself for us.” His is a love which surpasses knowledge. We have a Savior who loves without measure, without change, without beginning, and without end, even as the Father loves him! There is much food here for those who know how to digest it. May the Holy Spirit help us to take and eat! [M&E]