All-Knowing and All-Loving
All that which the Father giveth me shall come unto me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
John 6:37 ASV
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.
John 6:37 ESV
When Jesus gazes into our eyes, our hearts are overwhelmed. When Jesus looks at us, we know that he knows everything about us. As a result, we expect divine rejection. However, Jesus’ look is a gaze of love. It is Christ’s love that says, “Draw near to me, I know your need, I created you, and I am ready to heal and restore you.” Christ’s gaze is a look that knows everything about us, yet still loves us.
Like Matthew, former tax collector and erstwhile apostle, we are dazed by Christ’s gaze. We drop everything to follow him. We are one and at the same time, fearful and strangely drawn to a Savior who knows all our faults, failings, and foibles, yet still loves us. Christ gaze is a look that says “Trust me, I know who you are, what you have done, and I am ready to love and change you.” Christ loves us as we are, also he loves us so much, he will not leave us as we are.
God loves us; not because we are lovable but because He is love, not because he needs to receive but because He delights to give.
C. S. Lewis, Letters of C.S. Lewis, 231.