"Jesus Loves Me"

J. D. Conley
February 14, 2016

Everyone loves love. They love to receive love as well as give love. This being Valentine's Day a lot of expressions of love will be shown. Husbands will show love for their wives, and wives for their husbands. Fields of flowers, tons of candy, and a towering stack of cards will be exchanged this day, in an attempt to impress upon our sweetheart how precious they are to us. How wonderful it is to know that we are loved by our spouse or our betrothed.

But the grandest recognition of love is to know that Jesus loves us! A spouse's love, though great, cannot save one from their sins. The love of a betrothed can scale the highest mountain and cross the roiling seas, but it cannot secure a home in Heaven. But the love of Jesus for me and for you can do both! It redeems us from our sins and ensconces us in Heaven.

Jesus had a lot to say about love. He admonishes, "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love" (John 15:9). He loved His disciples, and He loves you too.

A wise and aged preacher once said, "Everything I ever needed to know about theology, I learned from just one song: 'Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.'" The origin of this song first appeared in a poem in a children's book written by Anna Warner in 1859. One of the characters in the story comforts a dying child by saying, "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so." A little later William Bradbury wrote his own tune and added a chorus. Within months the song was being sung all across North America. A simple poem from a children's book became the most well known hymn in the world. It has been translated into more languages than any other song. Why? Because it expresses the single most significant truth known to man, and does so in three little words - Jesus loves me!

The love of husband for his wife is grand. The love of wife for her husband is impressive. But the love of Jesus for His children is supreme. May we remember His love for us each and every day.

"Yes, Jesus loves me; Yes, Jesus loves me; Yes, Jesus loves me; The Bible tells me so."