Jesus asked Peter if he loved him, and Peter affirmed his love for Jesus.
In John 21:15, it is written,
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. KJV, 1769
But, is there any verse in the bible where Jesus himself says that he loves someone (e.g., an apostle, disciple, sinner, etc.)? I am requesting a verse that has a quotation of Jesus.
I realize that the Bible mentions God the Father loving someone, e.g. "the world" (John 3:16). I also realize that Jesus is understood to be God the Son. But, I'm searching for a verse wherein Jesus (not God the Father) expresses his love for someone.