Do You Know how popular You are?

by Lester Young

It’s pretty easy to wrap your head around the fact that God loves Jesus – I mean really, reallllllly loves Jesus. Aside from being written right there in the Book for everybody to see (Jesus declared that the Father was with Him because He always did what pleased the Father [John 8:29]; and the Father witnessed about Jesus, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” [Matthew 3:17]), we have very little problem envisioning God taking the Lord Jesus in His arms and keeping Him there, walking side-by-side, hand-in-hand. And, that’s just how it should be. After all, they’re One (John 10:30).

But, what our minds often do have trouble coming to grips with is just how much our heavenly Father loves us personally. So, let’s consider that fact for a moment – in practical terms. Let’s start with a very well-known verse, John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” I suspect that phrase ‘the world’ doesn’t resonate very personally with most people because they don’t let it in intimately any more than the ‘third-person plural.’ In other words, they don’t go the extra step of reading and receiving those words as if God were actually speaking to them individually – and we should, because He is!

Listen, are you not one of those living (or who’ve lived, or who will live) in this world? Yes? Then John 3:16 is about you personally. It’s personally about me. It’s personally about each and every other person whom God intimately knew and thought about and loved before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). (Look, if He took the time to name each and every one of us in that verse instead of contracting things by using the phrase ‘the world’ there, just how long would the Bible have turned out to be?) But for our purposes here, His relationship with anyone and everyone else is not relevant. Right now, the subject at hand is God loving you, personally. His thoughts toward you are more than you could ever number (Psalm 40:5) – in other words, He thinks about you all the time.

How much does the Father love you? Well, let’s see if we can calculate it. Just how much, in your estimation, does God love Jesus? Enough to give Him everything He has (John 3:35, 13:3, 16:15), and to exalt Him above any- and everything else (Philippians 2:9-10). Sounds like some pretty deep love to me. But if that’s the case, how could God send out Jesus – someone He loves and cherishes so very, very much – to get the likes of you and me? It would be like trading something of great value for something worth very little – and that’s just not smart business, is it?

We should all be astute enough to know that God understands the value of things – I mean, He made all of them. And, therein lies the point. He didn’t feel that He – or Jesus – was getting the short end of the stick in that deal. God didn’t (and doesn’t) esteem you of little value – quite the opposite. He valued you enough to send Jesus to buy you back from sin, the curse and death (Romans 8:2; Galatians 3:13). So, He must have valued you just as highly as He values Jesus. If He didn’t, He never would have initiated such a transaction. But He did, and He does – God loves you just as much as He loves the Lord Jesus (John 17:23).

The point here is that God the Father is just beside Himself (and He’s One who could actually be so, I guess) when it comes to His Son Jesus, and He’s just as nuts about you, because you’re His kid, too. And, just as He’s given our elder Brother everything, He’s done absolutely no less for us (1 Timothy 6:17; 2 Peter 1:3). Basically speaking, if you wanna know the truth about it, you have virtually no idea just how popular you are!

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