Most people are familiar with the 'love chapter' of the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, yet Phil Ryken still has something new to say. He draws on the earthly life and ministry of Jesus to illustrate Paul's several statements about what love is and isn't. These aspects of love are then illuminated chronologically through the story of Christ's advent, teaching, miracle working, sufferings, crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension.
Jesus never does anything without love. His love is everything the love chapter says that love should be. It is patient with sinners and kind to strangers. It does not envy or boast, but offers itself in humble service. It does not insist on its own way, but submits to the Father. It is able to forgive, trust, hope and persevere. This approach highlights the crucial truth that we are able to love only because Christ first loved us in this particularly profound, very real, and transformative manner.