Friday, December 16, 2011

Jesus loves me

It's almost cliche, right?? We hear it so often, we say it with our kids, sing it at bedtime. Do we think about it? Believe it??

The boys received some bracelets the other day for Christmas that say these simple, yet profound words. Thing is, one of those bracelets is pink. It was sitting, abandoned by 3 little boys, in my van as I sat at a red light. I decided to put it on. Then I continued to look down at it (partly checking to see how silly I looked in a child's bracelet.) Then I found myself pondering the words.

Jesus loves me

Jesus LOVES me

Jesus loves ME!!

JESUS loves ME!!!

Some people from our previous church adapted the hymn "Nothing but the Blood," and there is one phrase in that song ("Only the Blood") that gets me everytime...

"You are gracious in saving, You are perfect in loving,
You are one day returning"

I cry almost every time I sing that part. And I'm not a crier. (My husband will laugh when he reads that.) But it's so true!! God is PERFECT in loving. When we say, "Jesus loves me," there are so many layers to that statement. We love our kids, we love our husband, we try to love our enemies. We do it imperfectly, though. The love we have to give is so far from the love of Christ. Ours is covered in sin, often founded in pride, seldom shown selflessly (expecting nothing in return.)

BUT Jesus loves me. And Jesus IS perfect, selfless, humble, patient, compassionate, forgiving. Because of Jesus, the God of the universe can look on us, love us, bring us into His kingdom.

He is PERFECT in loving. So when we say or sing "Jesus loves me," let's really think about what that means and believe that no matter what we have done, it was nailed to the cross. Jesus,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
(Apostles' Creed)
That Jesus. loves. me.

Here's a new verse for you and your kids :)

I love Jesus does He know,
Have I ever told Him so.
He would like to hear me say
That I love Him every day.

Yes, I love Jesus.
Yes, I love Jesus.
Yes, I love Jesus
Because He first loved me.
(author unknown)

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