"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:9-13
This morning as I ran, I listened to Christ Tomlin's song, "Jesus Loves Me." In his song, Tomlin sings, "I was lost; I was in chains; the world had a hold of me. My heart was a stone; I was covered in shame when He came for me. I couldn't run from His presence; I couldn't run from His arms. Jesus, He loves me; He loves me; He is for me. Jesus, how can it be? He loves me; He is for me." I couldn't help but think of Romans 5:8, where Paul says, "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were sinners, Christ died for us." We don't deserve the love of God. We don't deserve the love of Jesus and the sacrifice He made for us. We can't earn this love either. We can't work our way to a better or deeper love of God. He already loves us with His deep and amazing love. Jesus told His followers in John 15:9, "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love." The Father's love for the Son is deep and amazing love. It is the deepest love possible. It is an amazing love that we cannot comprehend. And that is the love that Jesus says He loves us with. Wow! That is why Tomlin sings, "Jesus, how can it be? He loves me; He is for me." Today, you and I need to stop and think about His love. We need to let the love of Jesus flood our hearts and our minds and our souls. We need to let the love of Jesus transform us. We need to let the love of Jesus flow through us. While we were sinners, Christ died for us. I can't stop thinking and singing: "Jesus, He loves me! Jesus, He is for me! Jesus loves me!"