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JESUS LOVES ME, THIS I KNOW
In circa 1860, Anna B. Warner penned the following words that later were set to music by William B. Bradbury and continue to be sung around the world:
Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong; they are weak but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me; Yes, Jesus loves me;
Yes, Jesus loves me; The Bible tells me so.
While often thought of as a children’s Bible School song, the words are nevertheless profound. When Karl Barth (1886-1968), the famous Swiss theologian, visited the United States in 1962 and lectured at Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Chicago, he was asked to summarize all the millions of words he had written. He is reported to have thought for a moment and then replied: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
God’s love for sinful humanity is the theme of the Bible. At the heart of the gospel is God’s gift of Jesus Christ to all the world as the atoning sacrifice for sin. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The tremendous truth expressed here in what has often been called the “Golden Text” of the Bible is reiterated throughout the pages of the New Testament. Consider the following:
- “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
- “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas (Simon Peter, hf), then by the twelve” (I Corinthians 15:3-5).
- “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9).
- “To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Revelation 1:5b).
For the faithful child of God (the person who has obeyed the gospel, been saved from his or her sins, has become a Christian, and is walking in the light [I John 1:5-7]) there is the blessed assurance of the never failing love of Christ. Reflect deeply on this tremendous passage from the pen of the great apostle Paul:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” [Note: Paul does not affirm that the Christian will never suffer any of the things mentioned. Listen as he proceeds.] “As it is written [and here he reaches back to Psalm 44:22 and quotes]: ‘For your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” [The message? Life is not always easy; it is not always “fair.”But in spite of such, note the confidence we can have.] “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors though Him who loved us” (Romans 8:35-37).
How wonderful to know that the world cannot throw anything at us that we cannot handle by the help of the Lord and the unfailing love He has for us. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
How comforting and heartening to be able to sing, “Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
February 12, 2013