No song is more basic, and yet no song is more profound. That simple truth—Jesus loves me—is the Truth.
Jesus loves me. Jesus died for me. Jesus lives for me. The Bible tells me so. The Bible heralds a truth that can be held by a child while never ceasing to overwhelm at any age.No song is more basic. No song is more profound. That simple truth—Jesus loves me—is the Truth. Click To Tweet
Certainly, “Jesus loves me” can and has been taken in directions that the Bible never intended. “Jesus loves me” does not mean that Jesus affirms you in your sin, for example. Nevertheless, in these three words, we find a foundation to build upon.
I believe that the most important verse of the song is the second:
Jesus loves me, He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide.
He will wash away my sin.
Let his little child come in.
When we plant our kids’ roots in these words, then we can hope for the day when they will sing the same idea with greater poetry.
My sin—O the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part, but the whole
Is nailed to the Cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, O my soul!
God exchanged the life of Christ for my life, and in this act of atonement, I received the gift of God himself.
Amazing Love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, didst die for me!
This one truth—Jesus loves me—both gives us our lives and demands our lives. As C.T. Studd, who gave up a promising athletic career to serve as a missionary to China, India, and Africa, said, “If Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him.”This one truth—Jesus loves me—both gives us our lives and demands our lives. Click To Tweet
Yes, Jesus loves you, and he flung open the gate of heaven. But he didn’t do so for you to live in eternal self-centered luxury. Jesus opened heaven that you might receive God and in loving him find true joy. If it’s true that “Jesus loves you,” then what moment of life or what domain of existence could you possibly keep from him? How can you not give all to love Him and to share His love with others?
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