Christ Is Affectionate

Feel God's love in Christ's affection

You can feel God’s love in Christ, for Christ is affectionate. If you are with him, he is warm in manner. He makes you feel that you are loved.

That is important to say and believe because judging by our standards we might get the wrong impression from what the Bible does not say. The four Gospels never tell us that Jesus smiled or hugged someone or patted someone on the shoulder (he may have, but we’re not  told). At his betrayal, Judas greeted Jesus with a kiss, but we never read anywhere that Jesus greeted anyone with a kiss. We never read that, using our culture’s mores, Jesus ever shook anyone’s hand.

We do find that he physically touched those he healed.

But someone could get the wrong impression that Jesus was cold or standoff-ish.

Examples of affection

We know that Jesus felt deep emotions for his followers, however. At the grave where his friend Lazarus was buried, Scripture says that “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). And he felt that sorrow for his friends and their grief even though Jesus knew he was about to raise Lazarus from the dead. That means he has compassion for us.

We also know that Jesus feels deep emotions for us because Paul wrote, “God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 1:8). Paul said his affection for his readers was the affection of Jesus. Jesus yearns for us.

In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus pictured the father of the returning prodigal as running to his son and embracing him. And Jesus intended that father to be a picture of the heavenly Father. And Jesus said when you see the Son, you see a perfect reflection of the Father.

Jesus doesn’t feel love only for those who are really, really good. When he speak with a rich ruler who loved his wealth too much, “Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me,’” (Mark 10:21). Jesus loved him even in his present condition, even though the ruler would walk away from Jesus when presented with the call to leave all and follow Christ.

You will feel God’s love in Jesus

So you can be sure, Jesus is warm, affectionate, compassionate, caring. He yearns for you and enjoys being with you.

This is what we would expect, knowing that his love is so great it is beyond our ability to comprehend.

The Jesus who brings us together is affectionate, and so he calls us to share affection, men to men, women to women. He tells us to “greet one another with a holy kiss,” (Romans 16:16) to “love one another earnestly” (1 Peter 1:22). God wants his people to feel the affection of Jesus through his people’s affection for each other.