Hymn of the Week

by Jeff Mowery

Jesus Loves Even Me

JESUS LOVES EVEN ME

I am so glad that our Father in Heav’n
Tells of His love in the Book He has giv’n;
Wonderful things in the Bible I see,
This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.

 Chorus

I am so glad that Jesus loves me,
Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me.
I am so glad that Jesus loves me,
Jesus loves even me.

 Though I forget Him, and wander away,
Still He doth love me wherever I stray;
Back to His dear loving arms I do flee,
When I remember that Jesus loves me.

 Oh, if there’s only one song I can sing,
When in His beauty I see the great King,
This shall my song through eternity be,
“Oh, what a wonder that Jesus loves me!”

 Jesus loves me, and I know I love Him;
Love brought Him down my poor soul to redeem;
Yes, it was love made Him die on the tree;
Oh, I am certain that Jesus loves me!

 If one should ask of me, how can I tell?
Glory to Jesus, I know very well!
God’s Holy Spirit with mine doth agree,
Constantly witnessing Jesus loves me.

 In this assurance I find sweetest rest,
Trusting in Jesus, I know I am blessed;
Satan, dismayed, from my soul now doth flee,
When I just tell him that Jesus loves me.

 

Written by the well-known hymn writer, PhilIp Bliss, the chorus of this song may be familiar to many of you like it was me.  However, I was not aware of the story or the number of verses that this particular song had.  Philip Bliss is more well-known for songs like “Almost persuaded,” “Dare to be a Daniel,” “Hallelujah, What a Savior” and “Wonderful Words of Life.” But I came across the inspiration and story behind this particular song at cyberhymnal.com and wanted to share it with you.
 

“Mr. Bliss said that this song was suggested to him by hear­ing the chor­us of the hymn “Oh, how I love Je­sus,” re­peat­ed ve­ry fre­quent­ly in a meet­ing which he at­tend­ed. Af­ter join­ing in the chor­us a num­ber of times the thought came to him, “Have I not been sing­ing enough about my poor love for Je­sus, and shall I not ra­ther sing of his great love for me?” Un­der the im­pulse of this thought he went home and com­posed this, one of his most pop­u­lar child­ren’s hymns.”

 

Even though I really like the song “Oh, how I love Jesus,” I can really sense in the words to this song the author’s view of the inadequacy of his love for the Lord.  A love that forgets.  A love that strays.  He recognized that the only perfect love was Jesus’ love for him.  A love that endures in spite of our rejection and denial (Christ’s love for Peter).  A love that forgives in spite of what we do to Him (Father forgive them while hanging on the Cross).  A love that is continual and wonderful.  A love that recognizes that Jesus loves me….even me.  What a powerful thought that Jesus really loves us!!!!  I will also share with you a funny story about this song.  My daughter Maddie asked me one time if this was Adam’s hymn.  I have a brother named Adam and so I was a little confused by her question.  I asked her what she meant by that, and she said that the words say “Jesus loves Eve and Me.”  Although a cute story, there is truth in what she said that day.  God did love Eve and Adam.  In spite of their rejection and disobedience, He sought them.  He covered them.  He still loved them.  God loved Eve and Adam and God loves even me. 

 

Couple of comments on the lyrics:

  • “This is the dearest” – There are so many things that are awesome about the Bible.  The stories in the Bible are inspiring, touching, convicting, and challenging.  The practical wisdom found in the Scriptures is unmatched by any man-written book we can buy on the shelf.  The Bible deals with personal issues, relationship issues, financial issues, and spiritual issues.  The words of Jesus and the parables recorded in the Bible are awesome.  But if you had to boil the Bible down to one simple truth.  To one central theme.  To the thing that would be the “dearest.”  It would have to be the truth that God loves you.  That God loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son.  Not to condemn us.  But that through Him, we might be saved.  This is the dearest truth we can glean from His word – God loves you and God loves me. 
  • “It was love made Him die on the tree” – I thought about Jesus’ encounter with Pilate recorded in John 19.  Pilate has Jesus flogged.  The soldiers humiliate Him.  They put a crown on His head.  Pilate tries to wash his hands of Jesus’ fate and wanted to set Him free.  Pilate asked Him “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or crucify you?”  In Pilate’s mind, he was in control. In His mind, he had the power to release Him or to crucify Him.  But it wasn’t Pilate’s great power that caused Jesus to be crucified.  It wasn’t because of the strength of the hatred of Jesus by the religious leaders that Jesus had to die. It was love that made Him die on the tree.  It was His great love that caused Him to go willingly.  Jesus said to Pilate “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.”  Jesus willingly, out of love, died on the tree for you and for me.  
 
I had intended to send this song out the day before Valentine’s day two weeks ago.  I felt then that it would be a great reminder to all of us of true love during the season of roses, chocolates, and mushy Valentine’s cards.  I will be honest with you and tell you that I, unfortunately, was not diligent and did not set aside time to put my thoughts down in an email in time to send it out Valentine’s Day.  I dropped the ball.  I feel a little like the husband that gives his wife a Valentine’s card on February 16th.  It loses a little bit of it’s meaning two days, or two weeks, late.  It’s not the thought that counted. It was the action, or lack thereof.
 
But this song and the history behind this song reminded me that Jesus still loves me.  In spite of my wrong priorities, He loves me.  In spite of my moving Him to the “backburner,” He loves me.  Jesus loves, even, me.  He does not love me any less when I am two weeks late.  He doesn’t love me any more when I do what I am supposed to do.  He just loves me.  I hope your response to that kind of love is the same as mine today.  “Oh how I love Jesus…because He first loved me!!!” 
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