We all have probably heard someone say at some time, "God loves you." And sometimes we may wonder, Does God really love me?
Maybe you have been let down and sorely disappointed by people. Maybe someone said they loved you and then turned against you. Maybe someone said he or she was your closest friend, but ultimately betrayed you.
When it comes to God's love, we tend to ask ourselves whether it is for real. We wonder whether He, too, will turn away from us if we let Him down.
Jesus knew what it was like to be betrayed. As Jesus celebrated the Feast of the Passover with His disciples, the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas to betray Him. The other disciples didn't stand by Jesus, either. They forsook Him, but He did not forsake them. They denied Him, but He did not deny them. He loved His own who were in the world, and He loved them to the end (see John 13:1).
The story is told of a little boy who was troubled one night by a thunderstorm. He cried out from his room, "Daddy! I'm scared!"
The father responded, "Son, don't worry. God loves you, and He will take care of you."
The boy replied, "I know God loves me, but right now I need someone with skin on."
Jesus is God with skin on. Jesus is God demonstrating His love for His own.
Aren't you glad that God doesn't treat you the way that you treat Him? Aren't you glad God doesn't reciprocate that way? No matter what you do, no matter where you go, God will always love you.