Jesus said, "For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God." (John 16:27 NRSV)

A humorist was poking good-natured fun at the Civilian Air Patrol--those courageous pilots who are so much help in locating missing aircraft. He said that he worries about any group that has to have C-A-P initialed on their head gear.

Go with me now, back in history, two thousand years. Jesus of Nazareth hangs on a cross. He wears no helmet--only a crown of thorns. Above his head is written neither his name nor his ultimate purpose, though there is a sign that reads, "King of the Jews." Yet on that cross a statement is made, the most radical statement ever made about the nature of love. What is love? Love is Jesus Christ giving his life for a sinful world. That is love in its purest sense. That is love without reservation. It is a love that asks nothing in return.

God of Jesus, thank you for the love you sent to me through your son. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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