Jesus Loves Me

The famous hymn combining stanzas by Anna B. Wagner and David Rutherford McGuire was first published as a poem in a novel in 1860.

Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! This I know,
As He loved so long ago,
Taking children on His knee,
Saying, “Let them come to Me.”


Jesus loves me still today,
Walking with me on my way,
Wanting as a friend to give
Light and love to all who live.


Jesus loves me! He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.


Jesus loves me! Loves me still
Tho' I'm very weak and ill;
That I might from sin be free
Bled and died upon the tree.


Jesus loves me! He will stay
Close beside me all the way;
Thou hast bled and died for me,
I will henceforth live for Thee.


But, just what does the Bible say about how Jesus loves us?

The hymn seems to indicate that Jesus's love is unconditional. It pictures Jesus as a happy, smiling savior oozing with love for his children. We can go on with our lives knowing that Jesus loves us.

Jesus as Love Hippie Why, one could almost mistake this Jesus for a hippy love child of the 1960s. It's simply free love--Jesus loves me--Jesus loves everyone.

But, as a disciple (student) of Jesus, let's really examine what Jesus said. His words should mean more to use than a song.

Jesus talks about making his home within us. Jesus and the Father certainly love us if they abide in us. But, what did Jesus say to his disciples about the conditions under which he and the Father will abide in us?

John 14:23-24

"If any one loves me," replied Jesus, "he will obey my teaching; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who has no love for me does not obey my teaching; and yet the teaching to which you are listening is not mine, but is the teaching of the Father who sent me."

First, we must love Jesus.

To love him, we must know who he is and what he stands for. We must become his students (disciples).

We must learn what he wants us to do. And because we respect, have confidence in, and trust, Jesus, we will do what he wants us to do.

If we are not committed to him, we won't do what he asks of us. Rather, we'll simply do what we want to do. You'll hear reasons why we can't do what Jesus commands. But, these reasons are simply excuses for disobedience.

Jesus indicates that to be his friends, we have to do what he wants us to do.

John 15:14

"You are my friends, if you do what I command you."

We must continually learn who Jesus is and what he wants of us. Jesus gave the example of a vine and its branches. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. We must continue to be attached to the vine and ingest the life force of the vine.

When we fulfill the purposes of the vine, bringing forth fruit, the vine will continue to nourish us and we will grow. If we don't fulfill the purpose of the vine and stop producing fruit the vine dresser will cut the branches (us) off the vine.

Here is how Jesus expressed this relationship.

John 15:1-10

"I am the Vine-—the True Vine, and my Father is the vine-dresser. Every branch in me-—if it bears no fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

"Already you are cleansed—through the teaching which I have given you. Continue in me, and let me continue in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself—that is, if it does not continue in the vine—so neither can you if you do not continue in me.

"I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who continues in me and in whom I continue bears abundant fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If any one does not continue in me, he is like the unfruitful branch which is at once thrown away and then withers up. Such branches they gather up and throw into the fire and they are burned.

"If you continue in me and my sayings continue in you, ask what you will and it shall be done for you. By this is God glorified-—by your bearing abundant fruit and thus being true disciples of mine.

"As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you: continue in my love. If you obey my commands, you will continue in my love, as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and continue in His love."

Yes, Jesus loves me. He loves all those who love him, abide in him, and do what he wants them to do.

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