Before He took on Him their nature, or brought them into a conscious enjoyment of Himself, His heart was set upon their persons, and His soul delighted in them.
Long before the worlds were made, His prescient eye beheld His chosen, and viewed them with delight.
Strong were the indissoluble bands of love which then united Jesus to the souls whom He determined to redeem.
Not bars of brass, or triple steel, could have been more real and effectual bonds.
True love, of all things in the universe, has the greatest cementing force, and will bear the greatest strain, and endure the heaviest pressure.
Who shall tell what trials the Savior's love has borne; and how well it has sustained them?