This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. (I John 3:16a) NIV
Above my computer desk hangs a reprint of a painting. It is a warm, loving portrayal of Jesus holding a small child, perhaps a girl, on His lap. He gives her His full attention with a look that is both peaceful and kind. She is embraced with the gentle tenderness only a loving father can give. The child is both protected and secure in His arms. Her dark hair helps me imagine I am the girl held in Jesus’ loving arms.
The picture reminds me of Matthew 19 where Jesus wanted little children to come to Him, and He placed His hands on them. He spent time with them. But the picture goes beyond His care for children.
Jesus reveals Himself to us. He tells us to come to Him when we are weary and burdened, and He will give us rest. He is gentle and humble in heart, and we can find rest for our souls. “When He [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Jesus often reassures the disciples when He gives them His peace and reminds them not to be afraid.
Jesus’ gentle, humble heart, His promise of rest for our souls, His compassion for our helplessness and His offer of peace to replace our fears reveals part of who He is. The depth of His love extended to His death on a cross for our sins. And Jesus will welcome us as children into His kingdom.
Thank you, Jesus, for your gentle care for me and for your loving sacrifice for all of us. Amen.
© 2012 Diane E. Hussey