Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so… But does the Bible actually tell us that Jesus loves us? The answer is yes, in two ways. First it tells us that God loves us, and then God illustrates that love. Sometimes we picture a God that is always mad at us. We live in a time when there are many false teachers who use legalistic fear to make the child of God always think they are not in favor with God. But this is so untrue. Think of the way we love others. The love that is in our hearts certainly doesn’t make us walk around disappointed, mad or constantly angry with those we love. Yet God’s love is much deeper and stronger than our love! Jesus does not want us to walk around in constant fear of Him; this is not the freedom or peace He gave to us. He wants us to know that we are loved, consider the following passages:
Rev 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, (NIV)
John 13:34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (NIV)
Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV)
Eph 2:4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, (NIV)
1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (NIV)
What is love? The Bible defines this best. In First Corinthians chapter thirteen, we see a list of the characteristics of love. Not only is this to be our guide, it states as a fact what love is. Notice some of the characteristics listed: Love is patient, love is kind, it is not rude, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs, it always protects, and always perseveres. These are what God is for us! God not only loves us, He is love. It is comforting to know we have a God who cares this much about us. He is not some tyrant waiting to zap us for any wrong we do. He has already paid the price for our sin!
Because of our faith in the Bible as God’s written revelation to us, we can rest assured that we have an almighty powerful God who is in love with us. But the Bible not only tells us this, Jesus demonstrated this in an extraordinary way. He wants us to spend eternity with Him, so He became a man, lived 33 years upon this evil earth, faced that evil, and died a painful death. As He was hanging on the cross for 6 hours, He was thinking of us.
John 13:1 It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. (NIV)
What is even greater is that no matter what, we can never be separated from God’s love:
Rom 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thank you Jesus, for your love for us.