In John chapter 13, God’s Word says that Jesus having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. Scripturally speaking, we find ourselves in the Upper Room with Christ and His disciples. It was here that our Lord planned both a supper and a special time for them. These were the last wishes of our dying Lord. The “hour” he had postponed during his earthly ministry had finally come (John 2:4, 7:30, 8:20, 12:23, 17:1, 13:1). The Bible declares, “he should depart out of this world.” It is upon this canvas that Christ paints the masterpiece of chapters thirteen through seventeen.
In a masterful way, Christ proved His love for His friends to the very end. Words of great pain fell upon the ears of these friends. First, it was given that one should betray Him. Second, it was given them that one should thrice deny the Lord. For all of these immediate crises, Christ loved them and that to the very end.
Christ is the friend of sinners, our Bible declares (Luke 7:34). He came from Heaven to enjoin us in friendship. Only in the person of Jesus Christ could the enmity between God and man be reconciled. It was to the end of His earthly days that He loved His disciples; it is even now that our friend, the God-man (I Timothy 2:5), the Lord Jesus Christ, intercedes for us on the right hand of the Majesty on High (Hebrews 1:1-3).
Last week I had the highest of privileges to take part in the funeral services of one of my dearest friends in all the world. Humanly speaking, Earl Holloway meant the world to me. He was my mentor. I knew there would be a hole in my heart if I were unable to attend his memorial service. It proved to be wonderful closure for me.
After staying at the graveside after all the family had gone, it was within minutes that his body was placed in the sod. His earthly journey over: mine enriched by his. It was in my heart that God said, He loved you to the end. Thank God for such a wonderful relationship that draw me closer to our Saviour!
Dr. Holloway’s life served as a precious reminder that we can make a difference in this world by investing ourselves in people. It is the Spirit of the Lord that causes us, like Christ, to invest ourselves in people.
Proverbs 18:24 says, A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly (Earl Holloway): and there is a friend (the Lord Jesus) that sticketh closer than a brother.