Yes, Jesus Loves Me!
“‘As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.’” (John 15:9 NIV)
One of the first songs I learned as a child yet struggled with as an adult, says, “Yes, Jesus loves me; the Bible tells me so.” It’s a song that’s so easily sung, but not so easily understood. A Scripture verse that can form the basis for the Sunday school song includes the amazing statement Jesus made to his disciples as he was getting ready to leave them: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” Who’s the “you” in the sentence? Peter, who was boasting earlier and was about to deny him in a couple of hours; Thomas who would later doubt and demand proof of the fact that Jesus had risen from the dead; Matthew, Bartholomew, Philip, Andrew, John, and the rest who would later flee and leave him alone in his hour of affliction. It was to this sorry bunch that he was saying, “As the Father has loved me, that’s how much I love you.”
What are we going to do with that? He loves you! He loves me! How can we be depressed if God loves us? We should be jumping up and down with jubilation. You may say, “Yes, but my boss is giving me a hard time.” Don’t worry about your boss…Jesus loves you! Or you may be battling with fear, thinking, “But I don’t know what the future holds.” How bad could it be, if God has all power and authority and he loves you? You may point to your faults. That’s the whole point! We’re all riddled with faults, yet he still loves us! He’s not telling us to do something to earn his love. Instead, he’s telling us that he loves us unconditionally.
When Jesus was here on earth, he was accused and mistreated, but he remained calm in the midst of the insults and the pain, knowing that the Father loved him and was keeping his eye on him. Jesus wants us to live with that same consciousness 24/7 that he loves us and is watching over us. Is it possible that we will break down and fail him even before the day is out? Yes, but that won’t change his love for us. And that love is not just a nice sentiment; it’s full out love; it’s the same love the Father has for him! How it must break the heart of our Lord when we live without that consciousness.
That’s why many of us live fretting and worrying about the future. We’re not sure he loves us, and we’re afraid of facing his gavel coming down in judgment on us instead of his open arms of love. Let’s ask the Lord to help us accept the wonderful truth that he loves us with an everlasting love. Then our joy will be complete (John 15:11), and we will be able to share that love with everyone we come across.
Read John 15:1-11.