March 2-Short Name, Short Verse

March 2-Short Name, Short Verse

March 2: Short Name, Short Verse


Scripture Lesson: John 11:35


Today is the birthday of Hall of Famer Mel Ott. In his 22-year career, all with the New York Giants, Ott hit 511 home runs, scored 1,859 runs, and drove in 1,860 runs. The number of autographs he was asked to sign made Ott thankful that his name had only a few letters. He said, “Every time I sign a ball, and there have been thousands, I thank my lucky stars that I wasn’t named Coveleski, Wambsgnass, or Peckinpaugh.”


Today’s scripture lesson is the shortest verse in all of Scripture, “Jesus wept.” I can remember when we had to learn a verse of Scripture for RA’s (“Royal Ambassadors,” a Bible and mission study group for boys). We all chose this verse because it was so short and easy to memorize. The verse occurs in a story about how Jesus’ friend Lazarus had died. Jesus saw how upset Lazarus’ sisters  were. Jesus loved Martha and Mary as well as Lazarus, and he wept for them. Have you ever lost someone close to you? It is not easy for us when a loved one dies, and it was not easy for Jesus either. Jesus loves each of us with that kind of love. So this shortest of all verses in the Bible is packed full of love!

  1. Thank Jesus for loving you with a deep caring love.

  2. How best can we return that kind of love to Him?

  3. Why is this verse so packed with love?

Shortest name, shortest verse both packed with a lot of power!

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