Comprised of eight excerpts (plus one prologue reading) selected from John Piper’s extensive writing and preaching ministry, this new devotional was compiled and shaped for use in personal devotions or family and group settings.
As Pastor John explains, this one term — uttermost — is loaded with significance. When used of Jesus’s willing death for his friends, it means he endured unimaginable degrees of suffering to do so (John 13:1, NAS). To love to the uttermost is to love freely, without reserve or limit, and without flaw or failure. As we watch his arrest and trial and death unfold for eight days, we gaze on a God-man who begrudges no pain or reproach on his pathway to redeem lost sinners. This is the man who “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8).
“Fix your gaze steadily on him,” John Piper writes of Holy Week, “as he loves you to the uttermost.
“Third, we know the depth of someone’s love for us by the greatness of the benefits we receive in being loved.” (source)
“Fourth, we know the depth of someone’s love for us by the freedom with which they love us.” (source)
“Second, we know the depth of someone’s love for us by how little we deserve it.” (source)
“God’s joy, his desire, his want and wish and hope and pleasure and gladness and delight, is to give the kingdom to his flock.” (source)
“Drawing near is not moving from one place to another. It is a directing of the heart into the presence of God who is as distant as the holy of holies in heaven, and yet as near as the door of faith.” (source)