Mark 10:17-22 records an interesting encounter Jesus had with a rich young man. The man wanted to know what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus told him to keep God’s commandments. When he responded that he had done that, Jesus then told him that all he needed to do was to sell everything he had and give it to the poor. The young man sadly walked away from Jesus; he would not give up his great wealth, not even for eternal life.
There is a fascinating sentence in verse 21 of this passage of Scripture. It says, “Jesus looked at him and loved him.” Even though this young man had an inflated opinion of himself, Jesus loved him. In spite of the fact that the fellow was greedy, Jesus looked at him with compassion. Even though he would soon turn and walk away from Jesus, the Lord viewed him with loving eyes.
That’s how Jesus sees us too. In spite of our sins and shortcomings, Jesus looks at us and loves us. That’s amazing!