I began thinking recently of a new series of hymns I would like to really dive into and see where they could take us in our walk as a Christian. I don’t mean that we will look at them and listen, unless you would just like to, but I mean really exploring the meaning behind the words and the struggle we face daily to live out the life we are called to.
The first I would like to look at is a hymn that is in countless hymnals and in the heart and mind of many today, only I feel that we do the song an injustice because it has become more of a children’s song and we have lost sight of the lyrics. That hymn is “Jesus Loves Me,” with just some of following lyrics:
“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 gate to open wide. He will wash away my sin and let His little child come in.
“Jesus loves me, He will stay; close beside me all the way. He’s prepared a place for me and some day, His face I’ll see.”
These are just a few of the lines that make up the numerous stanzas of the simple hymn with such big meaning. The song is a lyrical embracing of the central verses to our Christian faith, John 3:16-17:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16, 17 ESV)
Jesus loves us and he came to give us eternal life and give us hope in a world that offers none. Take the time to really think of these words. In fact, I would encourage you search for the lyrics to the hymn and really think about the meaning behind it. Another scripture to help you in this study can be found in 1 John 4:7-12:
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” (1 John 4:7-12 ESV)
Reflect on the love of God today, sing about the love of Christ, and remember how this love is the basis for our Christian belief.