I Love You, Jesus  

The Pastor had just finished distributing the Lord’s Supper. He spoke the words of dismissal, “Depart in peace. Your sins are indeed forgiven,” when Jim, one of the communicants, with eyes focused on the cross whispered, “Thank You, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus! I love You, Jesus!” Without mentioning a name, the Pastor shared that beautiful experience with his wife. They talked about it for some time, especially the phrase, “I love You, Jesus.” We say to each other, “I love you.” We say to our children, “We love you.” Our children tell us that they love us. But what about, “I love You, Jesus?” Could He be waiting to hear us say that? Would He be pleased to hear those words from our hearts?

Our hymns are full of love. We sing of tender love, fervent, ineffable (look it up!) love. We sing of boundless, perfect, redeeming, wondrous love. We sing of amazing, holy, gracious love. We sing of creating, pardoning, patient, everlasting love. Furthermore, we sing that the Lord would teach us love; that He would crown our lives with love and keep us in His love. In our songs we ask that we would bring forth fruits of love; that we would be moved by His love; that we may give Him love.

Love is not a mere emotion, an idle feeling of sentiment. Rather, love is an active, working, principle, a motive power. Love is an action word. Ask a little child, how much do you love me? The child will immediately go into action. The bigger the hug, the harder the squeeze, the more the child is trying to express its love. 

So it is with the Lord our God. Note the words of action in the following: John 3:16 - “God so loved the world that He GAVE His one and only Son.” Jesus did not love us and then stay in heaven. Because He loved us He CAME to planet earth and GAVE Himself as a ransom for us all. He MADE the supreme sacrifice. He PAID our debts.

·      “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” - Isaiah 53:5 

·      “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down His life for His friends.” - John 15:13

·      “Above all things, have fervent love among yourselves.” - 1 Peter 4:8 

·      “By this shall all know that you are My disciples if you love one another.” - John 8:15

No question about it, love is the badge of our faith. 

   “Thank You, Jesus! Thank You, Jesus! I love You, Jesus!”  

God’s peace,


  Adapted and paraphrased from Letters, Volume I by Cecil H. Skibbe. Copyright 1991.

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