How Did Jesus Love His Disciples?

Jesus Christ is known for His love and compassion towards humanity. He taught people to love one another, to be kind, and to forgive.

But how did Jesus love His disciples? Let’s take a closer look.

The Love of Jesus for His Disciples

Jesus’ love for His disciples was unconditional. He chose them, trained them, and loved them despite their flaws and weaknesses. He knew that they were not perfect, but He saw their potential.

John 15:16 says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”

Jesus spent time with His disciples. He ate with them, walked with them, and taught them about God’s kingdom. He was patient with them when they didn’t understand something or when they made mistakes.

Mark 6:31 says, “Then Jesus said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ ”

Jesus also prayed for His disciples. In John 17:9, Jesus said, “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me because they are yours.”

The Sacrificial Love of Jesus

Jesus’ love for His disciples was sacrificial. He was willing to lay down His life for them.

John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Jesus knew that one of His disciples would betray Him and another would deny Him. Despite this knowledge, He still loved them all.

Matthew 26:50-54 says:

“Jesus replied, ‘Do what you came for, friend.’ Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

‘Put your sword back in its place,’ Jesus said to him, ‘for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?'”

Jesus could have defended Himself and called on His Father to save Him from His enemies. But He chose to fulfill God’s plan for salvation by dying on the cross.

The Love that Empowers

Jesus’ love for His disciples empowered them to love others. He taught them to love their neighbors as themselves and to serve others.

John 13:34-35 says:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”

The disciples witnessed Jesus’ love in action and were transformed by it. They went on to spread the message of God’s love throughout the world.

The Conclusion

In conclusion, Jesus’ love for His disciples was unconditional, sacrificial, and empowering. He chose them, spent time with them, prayed for them, taught them about God’s kingdom, laid down His life for them and empowered them to love others.

We can learn a lot from Jesus’ example of loving His disciples. We too can choose to love unconditionally, sacrifice our time and resources for others and empower those around us to do good.

Let’s follow in Jesus’ footsteps and spread God’s love wherever we go!