It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. John 13:1 (NIV)
Our author of the Gospel of John is painting us a picture. His scene shows some pretty giant concepts. A Man Who Is more than a Man is moved by the moment. The Son of God sees what painful steps lie ahead with the clarity of our timeless God. In few words we can see the closeness and the bond that lives vibrantly between Father and Son. We can also begin to imagine the size and force of His great heart. Jesus is shown to have followed out His Father´s will. He has loved those people that the Father has blessed Him with. He has carried, cared for and taught. And in this moment the weight of His love needs to be expressed to us. This is the reaction our Savior is found to have when His time came. When it is time to go to God, Jesus feels the urgency to love.
We humans should be able to relate. Think of a grandmother. Her beloved children come to visit her perhaps in a resting home. They bring their own children. These are the treasures God has given unto her. She has loved and cared for all. She has fed, cared for and taught them the practical things of life that were within her power to give. She sacrificed her time here on earth for the loving and caring for all these precious souls. But the moment comes when they must leave. The time of separation draws near. Perhaps we have felt it too. Emotions overwhelm. The size of the heart expands. The elderly woman senses a need to express her sentiments for these people she loves. She is not the Son of God. But the love she feels is a reflection of the love of God. The love we feel before a parting, Jesus Himself has felt. But the love Jesus has for the children of God goes far beyond those few who walked with Him that day. When He feels time is nearing, His love and the urgency of the moment includes each of us.
It is a painful thought for the true seeker of the Lord to let even one single thing that Jesus says or does to be lost to another moment in time. The story we read of Jesus is a window into a Spiritual Realm. It is our True North by which we will walk. So we hear of Jesus acting a certain Way and realize that it is not a fluke. It is the Way Jesus is. He was told exactly what to say and how to say it. In our case, we can know without doubt that Jesus knows just how much time we still have left. He feels the urgency of our moment. He knows when our moment comes to go to God! Do we?
Dear Jesus, thank You for coming to show us all these marvelous aspects of the love of God. Now let us edge a little closer to You. You can see! You can feel! Let us feel the urgency of our moment today! Tell us how close we are to our time to go to God! Is it now? Is our time swiftly approaching? Should we be acting like You? Should we be demonstrating our love too? Please hold us so close that we too can feel the weight of our time. Prepare us! Help us to resemble You now in our time to go to God!