As the Father loved Me, I also loved you. Remain in My love…I have spoken these things to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15: 9, 11 Modern English Version)
Jesus knew all about love. He thoroughly felt divine Love and knew the loyal and abundant and ever-present nature of its Source. Jesus knew that because he was one with God, Who is Love, he himself was Love’s expression and object. And this was a joy to him.
As the Master spoke to his apostles, he gave them this rich benediction and promise. The love that Jesus shared in the world, and felt for his followers, was strong and enduring. It emanated in his words and his works. Just as Jesus’s words would continue to impel his disciples to heal and to spread the good news for centuries to come, his love would also live on.
Jesus made it clear that this precious and powerful Love wasn’t going anywhere. It is as deathless as God, Life, and forever with each one of us. And this is our promise of joy. This happiness and full satisfaction that Jesus intimately understood, remains here for us all.
Jesus’s gift to his followers was not simply love and words distributed in a short human lifetime. The true treasure he gave was opening our eyes to the Truth of Life and Love as ever with us, for us, in us to be known and rejoiced in eternally and now!
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