Jesus Loves Me, This I Know (and oftentimes forget)
What an incredible statement! Jesus loves me.
Jesus. Loves. Me.
A few weeks ago, we sang a song called “I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)”, and it has since been playing on repeat in my head (and on my Spotify account). As I have been reflecting on the lyrics of the song, I have been reminded of just how often I assume his love for me and I forget to actually dwell on it. I forget to meditate on just how incredible his love for me really is! And I also forget to live in light of it. I forget to live in such a way that reflects that I am loved by Jesus. How about you?
I stand amazed in the presence,
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how he could love me,
A sinner condemned, unclean.
How often do we stand amazed before Jesus? That someone of his station would choose to love someone like you and I ought to be mind-blowing! Imagine the King of England falling in love with and marrying a homeless woman from Strathpine. The idea seems absurd! And yet, this is exactly what Jesus does.
And my song shall ever be.
Is my Saviour’s love for me.
It is only befitting for us to then marvel in wonder at how incredible Jesus’ love for us is. He did not just say the words, “I love you.” He visibly demonstrated his love for us when he was wrongly accused and sentenced to death by crucifixion. He willingly chose to lay down/sacrifice his own life for us, paying the penalty for all of our wrongdoing, so that we could be forgiven and made right with God, the Father.
He took my sins and my sorrows.
He made them his very own.
He bore my burden to Calvary,
Where he suffered and died alone.
What incredibly great news! I no longer have to bear the guilt, shame, or fear for my wrongdoings. Jesus did that once and for all at the cross, and because of what he has done, I can live freely and joyfully as I look ahead to Jesus’ return.
When with the ransomed in glory,
His face, I at last shall see.
‘Twill be my joy through the ages,
To sing of his love for me.
What a hope we have in Jesus! He did not just die, but he was raised back to life. This proves that he is who he claimed to be – the Son of God. It also proves that he has power over death. This same Jesus is coming again someday. When he returns, he will sit in judgment over all of humanity. On that day, how will you be found to have lived your life? Will you have lived your life in the joy of knowing Jesus and what he has done for you? Will you be found having told everyone you possibly can of the love that Jesus has for both you and them? How will you live in light of his love for you?
Jesus loves me, this I know. Will you make sure that others know his love for them too?
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Keep trusting Jesus,