Jesus Loves Me

Greater love has no one than this,
that he lay down his life for his friends.
                     —John 15:13

Jesus loves me! This I know, / For the Bible tells me so. / Little ones to Him belong; / They are weak, but He is strong.

These well-known words first appeared in Anna Warner’s novel Say and Seal in 1860. William Bradbury set the words to music in 1862.

In a Q&A session following a lecture at one of America’s premier seminaries, Swiss cleric Dr. Karl Barth, considered by many to be the greatest theologian of the twentieth century, was reportedly asked by a student: “Dr. Barth, what is the most profound thought you have ever considered?”

Barth paused, thought, then replied: “Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

Jesus loves you. You will never entertain a more profound thought.

Jesus’ love is not “under these conditions”
—it is “no matter what!”

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