By: Carole L. Haines
As I age, life tends to grow simpler. What’s frivolous becomes more obvious and those things that are most important come forth to take Center Stage. Relationship with God and with my Loved Ones, that’s what is Center Stage for me right now.
As I was driving with my Dad in the car the other day, he said there was an old Jingle in His head that kept going around and around.
I said, “Which one is it?” I asked
“Jesus loves me!” Dad replied
What followed is one of the most precious moments I have shared since my Mom and Dad moved back in State. We sat in the car, my Dad and I, and that song together.
Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong
We are weak but He is strong
Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.
Here is an interesting little story based on this precious song.
“According to the best accounts of the incident I have heard (many have taken on weird additions), Karl Barth was at Rockefeller Chapel (really a Gothic cathedral!) on the campus of the University of Chicago during his lecture tour of the U.S. in 1962. After his lecture, during the Q & A time, a student asked Barth if he could summarize his whole life’s work in theology in a sentence. Barth allegedly said something like “Yes, I can. In the words of a song I learned at my mother’s knee: ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” That is the simple, unadorned story. Many tellers have adorned it with additions of their own (in sermons, etc.).” ( JANUARY 24, 2013 BY ROGER E. OLSON)
Jesus unpacked this truth for us.
Now they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. But Jesus called for the little ones, saying, “Allow the children to come to Me, and do not forbid them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” (Luke 18:15-17)
18 Take care that no one deceives himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the sight of God. For it is written: “He is the one who catches the wise by their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are useless.” (1 Corinthians 3:18-20 NASB)
The original Greek defines it as “Permit, allow, do not hinder” the children to come to me…Whoever does not take hold of the Kingdom of Heaven like a child will not enter it at all.” All the education in the world cannot give you the keys to God’s Kingdom. The Apostle Paul expanded this truth by saying:
In the Greek, the thoughts or reasonings of the wise are described as “the thinking of a man deliberating within himself.” (BlueLetterBible) To come to Jesus, we must be willing to lay aside these deliberations with ourselves and receive His declarations as a child would. True wisdom is found only in allowing God’s thoughts to overtake ours and transform us into the image of His Son, Jesus; in our body, mind and spirit. So yes, encapsulated in this little children’s song is the greatest truth the world has ever known.
Jesus loves me, this I know, Have a Blessed Day in The Lord.