I Love You 3000

“I Love You, 3000.”

Weekly Blog

Joegministries.com

September 10, 2019

Perhaps you are one of the four people in the United States that did not see the movie, “Avengers End Game.” Without describing to you the whole film, I’ll keep it short and to the point.

Five years after the movie, “Avengers Infinity War,” and the finger snap that wiped out half the people in the universe, we find Tony Stark, aka, Iron Man now married with a five-year-old daughter. In a very touching moment we watch as Tony is tucking his daughter, Morgan, into bed for the night.

As he gets ready to leave the room, Tony says to her, “I love you tons.” His daughter, wanting to describe how much she loves her dad, looks at him, and says, “I love you 3000.” I actually started tearing up when I saw this scene (Ok, and the last 15 minutes of the movie too), because It reminded me of something my wife and I say to each other.

Before I get into my endearing personal sayings, let’s think about the 3000 statement by Tony Stark’s daughter. She’s five years old. 3000 is a huge number to her. At the age of five it would be like you or me saying the word “Gazillion,” which by the way is not a real number.

Tony even says to Morgan that, 3000 is a lot. And near the end of the movie, Spoiler Alert, after Tony has died saving the universe, his wife Pepper, his daughter Morgan and some friends are watching a recording he made just in case he didn’t survive. At the end of the “hologram” movie video, he stands up and looks at his daughter and says, “I love you 3000.”

For Morgan 3000 was infinity. For Morgan 3000 was as much as you could possibly love someone. For this five-year-old, the only way she could describe her love for dad was with this number, 3000.

Let’s take a slight shift back to reality. My wife Kathy and I have been married over 45 years. As many married couples do, you pick up pet names for each other and have particular verbal and written things you do that show your affection for each other.

To be honest, I don’t even know how this started, but somewhere early on in our marriage we started saying and writing on cards to each other (Every occasion, Christmas, birthday, Mother’s Day, etc.), “I love you 4 ever and 4 days!” A few years ago I even had a plaque made up by a professional string artist (Kiwi Strings, check her out on Facebook).

What does, “I love you 4 ever and 4 days mean?” It’s actually part of our wedding vows when you think about it. “For better, for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.” It means forever. It means until one or both of us depart this world, I love you.

4 ever and 4 days, I love you 3000, both very endearing uses of how much you love someone.

Yet, God and His Son Jesus had a different approach to what it meant to love someone. In the Gospel of John Chapter 15 verse 13 (ESV), Jesus says,

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 (ESV)

Wow! No 4 ever and 4 days, no 3000, but total commitment to others including dying for them. It’s sometimes hard to fathom that Jesus was sent to earth for one ultimate purpose. He was sent here to die.

Oh sure, Jesus taught us so many things, He healed an innumerable amount of people, He raised several people from the dead, He fed 5000 people with a few fish and a couple of loaves of bread. All of these things were done so people would believe, have faith in Him, that He was and is the Son of God. And all of those things he did during His three short years of ministry led to the ultimate saving miracle.

Jesus died on a cross, He was buried, and three days later He rose from the dead. He did all of this for you, me, and everyone who has ever or will ever live on this planet we call earth. Let’s reread the passage.

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 (ESV)

Did you pick up on the particular word in the passage? Friends. Jesus died for His friends. Jesus considered and still does, all of us, His friend. That is love. That is the ultimate sacrifice. Giving your life up for your friends.

We hear about soldiers who do it. Fall on a grenade to save the rest of the platoon, stand in the line of fire. How about firemen, policemen. It’s part of their DNA, being selfless, others coming first.

This is what Jesus is talking about. Putting the well-being of others ahead of yourself, even to the point of death.

I think it’s okay to love someone 4 ever and 4 days. It’s okay to love someone, “3000.” I can actually imagine Jesus smiling about both of those statements because He knows they both come from the heart. Yet, Jesus gave it all up, for you and me, He sacrificed Himself for us. Wiping away our sins in the process, so we would be right once again with His Father, God.

Now we get to live with Him because of God’s Grace and our Faith, not 4 ever and 4 days, but for all of eternity.

Have a Blessed week

Joe Guagliardo (Joe G)

Joegministries

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