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Jesus Felt a Love for Him

Christ And The Rich Young Ruler - Heinrich Hofmann


Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, - Mark 10:21

Here is a detail that the other gospel writers omit in this encounter with the rich young ruler.

Jesus brought him to the place where he was supposed to see his need, but the young man missed it. This did not anger Jesus, nor did it frustrate Him.

If you remember Jesus drew him to the law, and the young man, rather than hearing the conviction of the law, seemed to be strengthened in his self-righteousness by it.

I suppose that as a man of means, the preachers of his day may have coddled him, and appreciated his covetousness, since it no doubt helped their ministries. They were not about to advise him to sell the ‘stuff’ that held his heart, and kept him out of the kingdom.

No, they used the truth unrighteously to bolster the ego of this young man, keeping him bound.

As far as he was concerned – the law was not his problem.

But Jesus loved him.
Jesus loved the man while others loved his money.
Jesus loved this sinner while others used him to gain influence.
Jesus’ desire was to see him free from the slavery of wealth while others strove to keep that prison shut up tight.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus
Love of every love the best

S. Trevor Francis

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping in.

Keep shining.


9 thoughts on “Jesus Felt a Love for Him

  1. debbestillandlisten

    I relate this to "tough love" because it's your love for the other person that you will risk your relationship to help them understand certain things are destroying their lives. Your/my hope is that they're eyes would be opened. Good word, Ben!

  2. joseph elon lillie

    It is one of the most subtle traps we fall into as humans replacing love for control, valuing other people for what they bring to the table that benefits us rather than giving them ourselves so that their value might be increased.

      1. joseph elon lillie

        Indeed. We get so busy trying to fill empty slots we forget that we aren't in the business of recruiting workers. We are in the business of bringing water to the thirsty and bread to the hungry.

  3. Debbie

    Thank you for showing us this, Mr. Ben! It says so much, that Jesus loved him. It's one of the things I want the unbelieving people in my life to know the most .. . That He loves them. God bless you!

    1. Ben Nelson

      Yes, He does love, and sometimes it does not look like love from our perspective, but He is always looking for our, and "their" best.
      Thanks much Deb.


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