When you love someone you normally show them affection. Even for those people who would describe themselves as “not affectionate”, it would be rare for anyone to be totally unaffectionate with people they love. Affection is one of those human emotions that we all love to give and love to receive.
How does God give us affection? How does God fulfil the need we have for affection? Well the problem we have in understanding is that only Jesus has ever been seen in human form, when we lived on earth. So we have to draw our conclusions therefore from the life of Jesus.
One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side, so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesusof whom he was speaking. So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus…
It is interesting that the only place where John is referred to as the disciple that Jesus loved is in John’s own gospel. But it does show the level of affection that Jesus had with John. In verse 25 it I recorded that John leaned against Jesus chest. Jesus spent a lot of time with his disciples and during this time he went through a wide range of emotions. Jesus wept when he heard that Lazarus was dead. Jesus was angry when he drove the money changers out of the temple. And here we see Jesus reclining with John leaning against him. All of this shows Jesus to be very real and what we would call “human”.
When Jesus was on the cross before he died, he saw John and his mother, Jesus was moved and he was concerned for his mother Mary. He then said to John “behold your mother” and to Mary he said “behold your son”. Even in his dying moments Jesus had concern for those he loved. Jesus loves you. In fact God loved you so much that he did not even spare His only begotten son, and set him to die for you. Jesus had a choice to die and in the garden of Gethsemane hours before his crucifixion, Jesus asked Father God if there was any other way of doing this, and God said no. So Jesus went ahead and laid down hi life for you. That my friend is more than just affection.