Jesus Loves Me, This I Know
Note: Today’s reading is Ephesians 3.
Note 2: This devotion was written by my sister Amanda Criss.
Recently at church, our pianist played a beautiful rendition of Jesus Loves Me for the offertory. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the church, including my own. We consider this hymn a children’s song, so why does such a simple melody and basic truth strike such a chord within our hearts?
Is it perhaps because deep down, our greatest temptation is to doubt that God really loves us? To wonder if He’s withholding good from us?
During trials, I’ve cynically told the Lord, “I’m a parent, and I would never treat my child like You treat me. If it were in my power to spare my little boy or little girl this hardship, I would do it, but you’re not sparing me from this difficulty and pain.”
And in God’s mercy, when I walk through the valleys and doubt His love, He always reminds me of His love for me. His rebuke is the reminder to me that He did not spare His own Son, but freely gave Him up for us all. (Romans 8:32) He speaks to me through His word and says, “I was pleased to crush my own Son for you. I demonstrated my love for you at Calvary. You are precious in my sight, and I love you.” (Isaiah 53:10; Romans 5:8; Isaiah 43:4)
Paul prays in Ephesians 3:18-19 that the the Christians in Ephesus would have “strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.”
He prays that the Ephesians would know that which sounds to be unknowable. With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, we can know the love of God.
Paul writes similar words in Romans 8, when he asks, “What can separate us from the love of Christ?”
Can tribulation separate us from Christ’s love? Or distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, or even sword? Jesus promised that in this world, we will face trouble — heartache, disappointments, loss, and grief. In addition, as Christians we know that it has especially been granted to us to not only believe in Christ, but also to suffer for His sake. (Philippians 1:29) A servant is not above His master, and so we are not greater than our Lord who suffered on our behalf. We will walk through seasons where our fellowship with the Man of Sorrows is filled with tears and well-acquainted with grief.
But the Son exhorts us, “Take courage! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
And so through Him who loved us, because of His victory on the cross, we are more than conquerors. Nothing can separate us from God’s love, neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation. (Romans 8:37-39)
Ever since that first lie in the garden, when Adam and Eve doubted that God really had their best interest at heart, the enemy of our souls has fought viciously to separate us from God’s love, but he couldn’t do it, he can’t do it, and he never will. God triumphed over that demonic accuser and all his fellow liars in the cross, not only disarming the angels, rulers, powers, and authorities who wanted to separate us from His love, but also making a public spectacle of them. (Colossians 2:15)
And now Paul prays that the Ephesian Christians could supernaturally comprehend this great love in all its glorious breadth and length and height and depth. By God’s grace, we can cling with certainty to the truth that “Jesus loves me.” Because when we don’t feel His love, we believe anyway that Jesus loves us, trusting in the certainty of Scripture, “for the Bible tells me so.”
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.God bless!
PS A big thanks to my sister Amanda for writing these three devotions on Ephesians while I take some time off. I have been encouraged each day by them!
I got to spend 4 days skiing in Colorado with my dad and brother. We had a great time, and I’m looking forward to getting back to Taylor and the kids in Pascagoula today.
Amanda blogs regularly at www.blessyourheartandhome.com I encourage you to check it out!