“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.”
That song is both beloved by and familiar to millions of children and adults alike. While it is considered a children’s song, it is very spiritually mature in scope, for it expresses a powerful message.
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT JESUS LOVES ME (US).
As Jesus sat with his disciples during the Feast of Passover, many things occurred. First, He washed their feet as an example of service (John 13:1-20). Announcing that one would betray him (13:21-30), He said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (13:34). Jesus then told Peter that he, Peter, would deny him (13:36-38).
What followed was a lengthy address to his gathered disciples (14:1-17:26) regarding his place and function of Lord and Savior, the promise of the Spirit, His warning of the world, the ups and downs of their discipleship, the promise that he would overcome the world, and His prayer to the Father within their hearing.
Tucked away in that address is this nugget: “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you” (15:13-14).
Jesus loves us more than we could ever comprehend, and as we have just seen, the Bible tells us so.
THEY (WE) ARE WEAK, BUT HE IS STRONG
Paul wrote, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly”
(Rom. 5:6). Consider for a moment the awesome, incomprehensible power displayed when Jesus walked out of his garden tomb. It is power that cannot be duplicated by mortal man. That was clearly in evidence when the women approached the tomb to continue the preparation of Jesus’ dead body but were met by two angels.
“Why do you seek the living among the dead?” the angels asked, “He is not here, but has risen” (Luke 24:5b-6a). That simple, matter-of-fact statement expresses the tremendous power and strength of the Lord: 1) Jesus was not there; 2) He had risen from the dead; 3) He had departed the sealed and guarded tomb, just as he said he would do. Despite our weaknesses, He is strong, powerful enough to create the heavens and earth, to heal the sick and raise the dead, and to conquer the grip of death and walk out of the tomb!
So, you see that that simple children’s song is extremely powerful and biblical. It expresses a monumental truth: Jesus loves us so much and is powerful enough to fulfill all he has promised!
We can KNOW that for sure because the Bible tells us so.