Personal Journey

Jesus Loves Me: Sing along edition

Last night at church we talked about one viewpoint of the cross and what Jesus’ death means for us. Last night focused on the idea that God is love.

Jesus Loves Me - Sing along edition

It seems so obvious that this would be true- I mean, we hear it all the time. God loves you!

Did you ever sing Jesus Loves Me in Sunday School? If not, this is how it goes:

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

Jesus loves me! This I know,
As He loved so long ago,
Taking children on His knee,
Saying, “Let them come to Me.”

Jesus loves me still today,
Walking with me on my way,
Wanting as a friend to give
Light and love to all who live.

Jesus loves me! He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.

Jesus loves me! He will stay
Close beside me all the way;
Thou hast bled and died for me,
I will henceforth live for Thee.

Now let’s dig into this song a little deeper.

You sing it when you’re a kid, having the words memorized because you sing it so often, yet it’s so engrained into your mind that years later when you look back at it you tend to be blind to its deeper message.

In the first stanza you can see that I bolded “for the bible tells me so” and “they are weak, but he is strong”. I think it’s important to start off the song knowing that the bible is what tells you so, not just some random old man on the street. The bible is Word from God and he gave it to us as a resource to truly know Him. This stanza also mentions that we are weak, but God can be our strength — need proof? Check out the bible and read Phil. 4:13 … “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength“. See a theme here?

Moving on!
Next you can see that I bolded the part about us being children of God. I actually really love being called a child in this case. Being a child of God makes it seem like when you’re down in the dumps, God will just pick you up and protect you just like your mom and dad did when you were young. No matter how old you are, you are still a child of God! But that’s not all. Along with this whole parenting idea, I really love how the song goes further and says “let them come to me” because this put the image into my head of a baby learning to walk toward his/her parents. One step at a time, sometimes wobbly, is just like my faith journey. But who’s at the other end? God, our father and our protector, the one who will catch us if we fall and who will pick us up and put us back on our feet and encourage us to try again.

The second to last stanza is a great one around Easter time because it teaches us young that Jesus died for us so that our sins (or lack of love) will be forgiven and we will still have an entrance into the Holy Kingdom of Heaven!

Then at the end of the song we are reminded that God is with us throughout our whole journey. Want another childhood comparison? I’ve got one! It’s like when you learned to ride your bike for the first time without training wheels. God is there, holding onto the back of your seat, making sure you don’t fall. Even when you think you’re doing it all on your own, peddling as fast as you can, He is still there to catch you if you hit a bump or lose your balance.

God is love. Jesus loves you.

Remember that this Easter season! 


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