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What are these wounds in thine hands?" Then he shall answer, "Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends."

   - Zechariah the seer ; Zechariah 13.6

That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.

   - Isaiah the seer ; Isaiah 43:4 The Message

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them.

   - Paul the apostle ; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!

   - Luke the physician ; Luke 2:13-14

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

   - Isaiah the seer ; Isaiah 53:5

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!)

   - Paul the Apostle ; Ephesians 1:4-5, The Message

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom

   - Luke the physician ; Luke 12:32

God so loved the world that he gave . . .

   - John the beloved ; John 3:16

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ.

   - Paul the apostle ; Ephesians 2:4,5

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

   - John the beloved ; 1 John 4:16

Still, when God saw the trouble they were in and heard their cries for help, He remembered his Covenant with them, and, immense with love, took them by the hand. He poured out his mercy on them while their captors looked on, amazed.

   - The Psalmist ; Psalms 106.44-46, The Message

Formerly you yourselves were alienated from God, his enemies in heart and mind, as your evil deeds showed. But now by Christ’s death in his body of flesh and blood God has reconciled you to himself, so that he may bring you into his own presence, holy and without blame or blemish.

   - Paul the apostle ; Colossians 1:21, REB

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).

   - The Apostle Paul ; Ephesians 2:4-5

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