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.
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.
“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.