“It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres….Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:7-8a
Jesus bore the ponderous sin of the entire world, past, present, and future. He completely trusted in His father, even in death. Through His perseverance, Jesus was capable of accomplishing what He came to do (John 3:16, NIV). The kind of death Jesus was willing to die for us is unimaginable (Philippians 2:7-8; Isaiah 53:3-9, NIV). Jesus endured a gruesome death and ultimately prevailed by rising to life. Jesus desired to die. He wanted to see a wrecked world forgiven and relinquished from sin and death. Jesus deeply craved restoration; He craved helping a group of rowdy, riotous rebels return to a right relationship with their loving Father.
Jesus did not fail us. He was, and is, and always will be triumphant (Philippians 2:9-11). He continues to give us the victory over sin and death.
Jesus “never dies” (1 Corinthians 13:8a, MSG). Jesus is the redeemer who has erased sin infinitely (Psalm 103:12, NIV). He is the Holy One whose love endures eternally (Psalm 118:29, NIV). He is the friend who sticks close forever (Matthew 28:20, NIV). He is the pioneer who has gone before us to prepare an eternal home (John 14:2-3, NIV). He is the source of perpetual grace (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NIV).
Jesus’s entire ministry was saturated with His love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 reveals the surpassing beauty, the awe-inspiring magnitude, and the profound power of Jesus’s perfect love.