One of the most widely known children’s songs in and outside “churchland” is “Jesus loves me!” It has been sung at the bedside by many a parent, into the ears of a sleepy or restless child. So, why as our children grow up, do we stop singing it? Jesus never stopped!
The Story of the Scriptures is a Love Story. In the Old Testament, again and again, over and over, God declares His crazy love for His people. ” I have loved you with an everlasting love. With my lovingkindness, I have drawn you, declares the Lord. ” (Jeremiah 31:3). The prophet Zephaniah writes: “He will quiet you with His love.” (Zeph 3:17). The Psalms tell that: “God`s steadfast love endures forever. (ps 136:26).
In the New Testament, Jesus embodies the Love of God. John`s Gospel reads: As the Father loves me, so I love you. Now abide in my love.”Jesus said a mouthful! His call was not simply to keep that love to themselves. But to share it. Jesus demonstrated His love for people by engaging them, drawing them out of isolation and into relationship.
The Gospels are loaded with accounts of the opportunities that Jesus took to share His love. He was constantly out where the people were. On the way down the road, Jesus looks up in a tree and sees a short guy named Zacchaeus. Calling out to Zacchaeus, Jesus invites Himself to Zacchaeus’ house. Zacchaeus finds faith. Jesus, walking through Samaria sits at a well. A lowly woman comes to fetch water. They talk. The woman comes to faith and is instrumental in the awakening of her village. Jesus` last words on the Cross: `Father forgive them for they no not what they do” were a declaration of sacrificial love.
So, Jesus the embodiment of Love called his disciples and everyone who seeks to follow Him, to do the same: “Love one another, as I have loved you.” It is a high calling. It is a essential calling!
To say that we live in a world that is desperate for pure love is a statement of the obvious. How many songs in our culture are focused on love of some kind? Sadly, the songs we hear are all-to-often songs of lament over lost love. Jesus came to change the tune! His love overshadows. His love brings healing. His love engages and is the answer to a broken world.
Can you hear Jesus singing to you? Has the noise of the world overtaken the tune that you used to sing or that was sung to you? During this season of Lent, I encourage you to ask God to sing that song to you. When we allow the Love of God to capture and engage us, we then can share that Love with others and change the world for Good!
In the Love of Christ, Rob+