As we drove down a side road in Amish country we stopped at a small farm stand. There a sweet red haired girl of about 6 was watching her mother’s shoo-fly pie, fresh baked cookies, and chow-chow. She told us her name was Martha. “Well I’ve got some good news for you Martha.” I said. “The Bible says that Jesus loved Martha!” I told her and we both laughed.
I picked out some cookies and paid for them and she put them into a bag then waved and smiled as we drove off. Remembering that moment today I wondered how many kinds of people that Jesus loved. There is an election just one week away and our debate has become heated and angry. We hear it on television, see it in our neighborhoods, and sadly even in our churches. Below is a list of people Jesus loves. It makes me wonder if we can make a list of people we are ready to love for Him.
He loved Mary Marta and Lazarus
He loved His disciples to the end
He loved the rich young ruler
He loved his sheep and died for them
He loved tax collectors and sinners
He loved a woman caught in adultery
He loved His enemies and forgave
He loves all of us and our neighbors
Who will we tell that Jesus still loves today?