This morning, my foster daughter had an experience that caused obvious grief and stress. She’s too young to put it into words, but there’s no doubt she knew enough to be bothered. When it was all over, she was sitting on the stairs taking off her shoes and she looked at me and with a confirming question tone said, “You love me Daddy?” She knew it, but needed a reminder, especially after something weighed so heavily on her heart. It’s one thing to know that someone loves you, but it’s another thing altogether to hear it from them. Sometimes we need to be reminded.
It’s fitting that the last blog of the last chapter in the last book of the Gospels should end with a simple message that Jesus loves us. Just like my daughter, we often need that reminder. The Gospel of John is the only gospel that uses the phrase ‘the one whom Jesus loved’. In fact, John uses this phrase five times referring to himself. Now there’s been a long list of jokes about this line of writing, the vanity and pride included in such a statement. However I believe the real reason that John repeatedly referred to himself as ‘the one whom Jesus loved’ so many times was because he was reminding himself of that fact. It’s like a ‘WOW, can you believe that Jesus actually loves ME?’ It’s not a pride thing, it’s pure awe.
As kids we begin with this simple fact.
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to him belong
They are weak but he is strong
Oh, yes Jesus loves me
Yes Jesus loves me for the Bible tells me so
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