‘I love you too Dad!’

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If you ever wondered whether Jesus loves you, Easter should convince you beyond a shadow of doubt. God the Father screams throughout the Easter story for all to hear, ‘I love you, and will do anything for you!’ Good Friday reminds us God so loved the world that He came to earth through His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16) not to live but to lay down His life for His friends (John 15:13). On the cross Jesus demonstrates His lavish love for you and me willingly dying while we were still sinners, refusing to recognise who He was and rejecting His purpose (Romans 5:8). At Easter Jesus’ love should not be in question, but His love should challenge us daily to ask ourselves the most important question: How much do I love Jesus? If I asked how many loved Jesus in our church I’m sure the majority would say they did! But loving Jesus isn’t enough; do we love Jesus more than anyone or anything else?
I love my family and they know how to take advantage of it. Love is an action, it is more than a feeling and my wife and two girls know how to use their eyes to melt my heart so I will demonstrate my love by doing almost anything for them. You won’t be surprised to know not everyone’s eyes have the same effect simply because I don’t love them as much as I love my family. Love is an incredible motivation to action. This is what Jesus meant when He said to His followers: ‘If you love me, keep my commands.’ (John 14:15). We can measure how much we love Jesus by how closely we keep His commands. Now stop. Reflect on all you did last week. Now, how much did you love Jesus?
In Revelation we read a letter to the church in Ephesus telling them they have forsaken their first love. They are still a busy church and complemented for their hard work, perseverance through hardship and for not growing weary, yet they had lost their first and most important love for Jesus. From the outside they were a great church but their inner motivation was wrong, they were serving out of duty, instead of responding out of love for Jesus.
We are a busy and successful church but how much do we love Jesus? This Easter as we hear the Father scream, ‘I love you’ will He hear us scream back, ‘I love you too, Dad?’

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