JESUS LOVES EVEN ME
Words and Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1838–1876
As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (John 15:9)
The wonder of Jesus’ deep love for each of us has been expressed in this text in beautiful but childlike language by the noted musician of early gospel music, Philip P. Bliss. After attending a service where the hymn “O How I Love Jesus” was sung repeatedly, Bliss thought, “Have I not been singing enough about my poor love for Jesus and shall I not rather sing of His great love for me?” Soon he completed both the words and music of one of the all-time favorite children’s hymn, which is widely sung and enjoyed by adults as well.
Philip Bliss was the dynamic and very talented song writer and associate of evangelists D. L. Moody and Major Daniel W. Whittle. Bliss’ commanding height and impressive personality made his singing and song leading outstanding features in any evangelistic service. His gift for writing gospel hymns was also exceptional. Still widely used today are such other Bliss favorites as: “Wonderful Words of Life,” “It Is Well With My Soul,” “Hold the Fort,” “Hallelujah, What a Savior,” and “Almost Persuaded.” One of his music colleagues, George C. Stebbins, stated:
There has been no writer of verse since his time who has shown such a grasp of the fundamental truths of the gospel, or such a gift for putting them into a poetic and singable form.
The third stanza of this simple but very appealing hymn is especially meaningful when we realize that Philip Bliss died suddenly at the age of 38 in a tragic train accident. His many stirring hymns, however, have lived on. They all focus clearly on important biblical truths, but none is more moving than the reminder in this text that Jesus loves even me.
I am go glad that our Father in heav’n tells of His love in the Book He has giv’n; wonderful things in the Bible I see—this is the dearest that Jesus loves me.
Tho I forget Him and wander away, still He doth love me wherever I stray; back to His dear loving arms would I flee when I remember that Jesus loves me.
O if there’s only one song I can sing when in His beauty I see the great King, this shall my song in eternity be: “O what a wonder that Jesus loves me!”
Chorus: I am so glad that Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me; I am so glad that Jesus loves me, Jesus loves even me.
For Today: Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 4:9–12
Take time to thank your Lord once more for His great love for you personally, a love that cannot be comprehended but can only be gratefully accepted by faith. Sing as you go—
Osbeck, K. W.
- But God setteth out his love towards us, seeing that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
- for he hath made him to be sin for us, which knew no sin, that we should be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
- Herein was that love of God made manifest amongst us, because God sent that his only begotten Son into this world, that we might live through him. Herein is that love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be a reconciliation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfect in us. 1 John 4:9–12
How lovely it is to consider how glorious it will be to hear the innumerable saints of every tribe, nation and tongue gathered and singing praises to our Abba Father and precious Savior and Lord Jesus Christ!! I have thought on this often. As a young person in choir, I closed my eyes to listen to the different voices and reflecting how wonderful it will be to hear all of God’s, redeemed throughout the ages, convey love through worship. Grateful hearts bursting with thanksgiving and – finally – having the ability to express what our heart, this side of glory, has been unable to adequately express with limited words. OH, what a day that will be. Hope to see you there!
Dear reader, if you are yet apart from the glorious knowledge that the Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven your sin and cleansed you from unrighteousness, please – this moment – confess the high treason committed against heaven by living for self, the flesh, and the devil ask forgiveness with a believing heart and ask of the Father to grant salvation thanking Him for paying such a high cost for your soul’s redemption. Do not doubt the pain the Father endured placing all the sin of those souls purchased at Golgotha upon the Lord Jesus Christ who was perfectly holy and guiltless. God seeks the lost, He calls out but our sin often inhibits the desire to face the conviction of our conscience but there is NOTHING anyone reading these words has done that would cause God to not hear your cry. Salvation is yours, but only IF you ask for forgiveness with a broken heart acknowledging only the blood atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ is able to redeem your soul. Apart from Jesus Christ no man shall see the face of God! Jesus was clear, “I am that Way, that Truth, and that Life, no man comes unto the Father but through me.” Once you have been forgiven and reborn life will never be the same! Oh come to Jesus has not the world wearied and beaten you long enough? Even if riches you hold they shall avail nothing when you exit this life naked and alone the end of every living human.
One last thought – Christ IS Christianity and this walk is an intimate, dependant relationship with the Savior. Learn how the apostles and disciples walked and learned from Him, and know that is available to us we have no need of a teacher for the Holy Ghost has promised to guide us into all truth for he is Truth. Organized religion is not what I have, nor what is offered. Jesus Christ issued the condemnation of hypocrite upon the religious leaders of His day (Matthew 23), the Lord also called them vipers and will do the same to many of this present day (Jude). Please do not make the mistake of judging Christianity by the folly of carnaval puppets performing on a stage to swindle people! The Lord Jesus Christ, as Peter wrote, “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you, whose condemnation long since resteth not, and their destruction slumbereth not” (2 Peter 2:3) Read the scripture, prayer and praise are the only ingredients necessary; and, while fellowship with other saints is wonderful, if a church teaches contrary to the bible flee because your immortal soul is what’s at stake.