Children need “face time” with their parents.
They also need “skin time,” little hugs to show them they are loved and appreciated.
A news story appeared the morning of September 10, 2019. The successful and busy parents of twin 8-year-old boys were devastated when one of their sons died in his sleep.
The Oregon couple’s biggest regret was the time they spent at their jobs and not with their children. They pleaded with other parents to make time to enjoy their children while they have them.
How much regret must Jesus suffer when people reach the end of their days and slip away without deciding for salvation?
Jesus wants to spend time with us. He pleads before the Father for us that we will feel his love and know that he treasures us.
1 John 2:1-2 reveals the depths of Jesus’ passion for his followers.
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Jesus is our advocate. He supports us in our time of need. He promotes us before God. He believes in us and actively backs our attempts to live rightly before God.
Jesus is also the propitiation for our sins. His sacrifice on the cross appeases God’s need for justice. Jesus’ love for us pacifies God’s affront to our sins. It is through the loving nature of Jesus that we are allowed access to the throne room of the Father.
Face time. Skin time. It is our connection to Jesus that enables us to weather the tough times and losses that life brings our way.
Let’s spend time with Jesus. He is our strength and our joy.
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