Jesus Loves Me
“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so; little ones to Him belong; they are weak, but He is strong. Jesus loves me, He who died Heaven’s gates to open wide! He will wash away my sin, let His little child come in. Jesus loves me, loves me still, though I’m very weak and ill; from His shining throne on high, comes to watch me where I lie. Jesus loves me, He will stay close beside me all the way; He’s prepared a home for me, and some day His face I’ll see. Yes, Jesus loves me, yes, Jesus loves me, yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.” This is one of the most well-known Christian songs and it teaches one of the greatest truths—Jesus loves me (and you)!
Although a children’s song, this wonderful truth is not just for children, but for people of all ages. He loves us. He loves you and He loves me. He loves your neighbour and your co-worker. He loves your spouse and your children. He loves your close relative and He loves the stranger that you pass on the road. He loves black skin and He loves white skin and every shade in between. He loves the rich and He loves the poor. He loves the Canadian and He loves the Iranian. He loves the Muslim and He loves the irreligious. But it is even better than this.
He loves the “good” and He loves the “bad.” He loves the kind-hearted and He loves the murderer. He loves the honest person and He loves the cheat. He loves the faithful and He loves the adulterer. He loves the heterosexual and He loves the homosexual. He loves the sober and He loves the drunk. Are you surprised by this? Isn’t this exactly what the Bible tells us: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)? Who does He love? “The world!” And are not all these kinds of people those who make up the world? Yes!! Oh, He loves you. This is a life changing truth. You might say, “How could God love me? My life is such a mess.” God knows all about your life and sees beyond it to the person that He made in His image. He sees that sin has marred that image and has brought devastation, but He also knows what He can do in your life. He is the Great Restorer of Life. Sin has torn us apart but Jesus loved us enough to come down into the midst of our sin that He might deliver us from it and lead us into righteousness.
I want to quote a story I read recently about one of Rembrandt’s famous paintings, The Return of the Prodigal Son. This painting is worth a fortune and is located in the Hermitage Museum in Russia. “Now just imagine if you visit St. Petersburg, and there in a back-alley dumpster you discover Rembrandt’s masterpiece, but it’s hardly recognizable. It’s covered in mud and dirt, it’s stained, and the canvas has been torn. You wouldn’t recognize it at all, except you notice the famous hand of the father on the ragged son’s back. How would you treat this painting? Would you treat it like trash? It’s covered in mud, stained and torn—is it worthless? Do you treat it like it’s worthless? Or would you treat it like a million-dollar masterpiece that needs to be handled with care and restored?” (Mud and the Masterpiece by John Burke).
God sees the masterpiece that He has created and He loves His creation. He loved us so much that He sent His Son into the world to seek out and rescue those of us who have lost their way in sin (Luke 19:10). This has damaged everyone of us immensely, so that God’s image is hardly recognizable anymore. But this is exactly why Jesus came—to die for those sins that have caused so much damage and to enter our lives and restore the image of His Son.
Dear reader, God knows all about your life and wants to enter it so that you can experience firsthand that Jesus loves you. He wants to wash away your sin and begin a restoration process that will continue your whole life, until one day, when Jesus comes, you will be like Him. Hallelujah!