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Faith Filled Friday: Jesus Loves Us

August 20, 2021

by Connie Terpack August 20, 2021

This is from our study book, Exploring the Gospel of John by John Phillips.

All throughout the Bible we are told often and how much God loves us. Jesus reaffirms his love for us in his prayer in John 17. Our study book explained it this way:

Finally, his love is their love (17:26b): “That the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them” The great word of the gospel is love. It is one of John’s favorite words. He uses the noun agape seven times and the corresponding verb thirty-seven times. He uses the word phileo thirteen times, so that some fifty-seven times he talks about love. Love is what it is all about, whether in time or in eternity, whether on earth or in heaven.

Jesus concluded his prayer on this note of love. Let the disciples forget all else.

Could we with ink the oceans fill,

Were every stalk on earth a quill,

Were the whole heaven of parchment made,

And every man a scribe by trade,

To write the love, of God above

Would drain the ocean dry

Nor could the scroll contain the whole

Tho’ stretched from sky to sky.

The wealth of love that God the Father invested in the person of his Son, he has now invested in us. That is the nature of love. It reaches out. It gives. The more it is given away, the more there is that remains. It is inexhaustible. It is “the love wherewith thou hast loved me . . . in them.”

But that is not quite the last word. Just in case someone may still think of love in the abstract, or love as an emotion or a feeling, Jesus added, “And I in them.” Love, the essence of God’s being, was embodied in Jesus. Jesus walked this earth as a living, moving, breathing, three dimensional, stereophonic, visual, full color incarnation of love. Love shone in all he was and said and did.

“Now, Father,” Jesus said in closing this prayer, “these people of ours must love like that. My love is to be their love. But I know these people. They mean well, but they do not have what it takes. So, I’ll be in them, and then my love will be their love.” The prayer was over. The passion was upon him. [end of text]

They do not say where the poem came from or who wrote it. The writer in me can imagine the vast love they are trying to describe. There is nothing else that I can add to this. I have know Jesus loves me since I was a little girl. He has been a tremendous help over the years. His love and presence has always been reassuring. If you do not personally know Jesus, please ask him into your heart today.

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