Sunday Seed Thoughts: Who Loves You?

Dr. Karl Barth, the Swiss born theologian, has been called “one of the most brilliant and complex intellectuals of the 20th century.”

Barth was a prolific writer as he authored massive volumes on the meaning of life and faith. The story is told that he was once visiting America, speaking at a theological seminary. During a Q & A session one of the students asked Barth what he no doubt thought to be a very deep and probing question.

“Dr. Barth, what was the greatest thought that has ever crossed your mind?

The room was dead silent, as everyone was anxious to hear this great theologian’s answer. He waited a long time. Then he slowly lifted his head and said, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

Barth’s answer, of course, is taken from the poem by Anna B. Warner and later set to music by William Bradbury.

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

I’m reminded that my friend and preaching colleague, David Tant, used this song as the basis for a sermon I heard in Brandon, Florida two years ago. I asked David about it. He responded that he often uses the lesson, “Jesus Loves You,” when asked to be a guest speaker, because it reaches to the depths of the human heart. It’s timeless message is one everyone needs to hear.

It is more than a children’s Sunday school song. It’s for all ages. And for all times. It is profound in its simplicity. One preacher went so far as it say, “Everything I needed to know about religion, I learned from Jesus loves me.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus loved his apostles. Peter, the impetuous one who denied him. Matthew, the tax collector for Roman government. Simon, the Zealot who sought the overthrow of Roman rule. James and John the “sons of thunder” who were ready to strike down their enemies. Thomas, the doubter. And even Judas the betrayer.

Jesus loves all races. Skin colors. Ethic groups. And nationalities.

Jesus loves us even before we loved Him. And even when we fail to love Him.

Jesus loves His enemies and His adversaries.

Jesus loves us when we’re good. And even when we’re bad.

Jesus loves the rich. And the poor. The weak. And the strong. The well-known. And the forgotten. The popular. And the obscure. The powerful. And the insignificant. The acclaimed. And the marginalized. The saint. And the sinner.

Jesus loves me. And you.

This I know. For the Bible tells me so.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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One response to “Sunday Seed Thoughts: Who Loves You?

  1. What a beautiful thought to meditate on. Yes, Jesus Loves Me. Well shared Preacher. May your anointing increase and impact more lives.

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