JESUS LOVES ME
Anna B. Warner, 1820–1915
I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. (Luke 18:17)
The story is told of a brilliant professor at Princeton Seminary who always left his graduation class with these words: “Gentlemen, there is still much in this world and in the Bible that I do not understand, but of one thing I am certain—‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so’—and gentlemen, that is sufficient!”
Without doubt the song that has been sung more by children than any other hymn is this simply stated one by Anna Warner. Written in 1860, it is still one of the first hymns taught to new converts in other lands.
Miss Warner wrote this text in collaboration with her sister Susan. It was part of their novel Say and Seal, one of the best selling books of that day. Today few individuals would know or remember the plot of that story, which once stirred the hearts of many readers. But the simple poem spoken by one of the characters, Mr. Linden, as he comforts Johnny Fax, a dying child, still remains the favorite hymn of countless children around the world.
Jesus loves me! this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong; they are weak but He is strong.
Jesus loves me! loves me still, tho I’m very weak and ill, that I might from sin be free, bled and died upon the tree.
Jesus loves me! He who died heaven’s gate to open wide; He will wash away my sin, let His little child come in.
Jesus loves me! He will stay close beside me all the way. Thou hast bled and died for me; I will henceforth live for Thee.
Chorus: Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.
William Bradbury, the composer of the music, was one of the leading contributors to the development of early gospel music in America. He became recognized as one of the pioneers in children’s music both for the church and in the public schools. In 1861 Bradbury composed the music for Anna Warner’s text and personally added the chorus to her four stanzas. The hymn appeared the following year in Bradbury’s hymnal collection, The Golden Sower. It had an immediate response.
For Today: Genesis 33:5; Psalm 127:3; Matthew 11:25; Mark 10:16
“If there is anything that will endure the eye of God, because it still is pure, it is the spirit of a little child, fresh from His hand, and therefore undefiled.” Ask God to give you this kind of spirit.
Osbeck, K. W.
- And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women, and the children, and said, Who are these with thee? And he answered, They are children whom God of his grace hath given thy servant. Genesis 33:5
- Behold, children are the inheritance of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb his reward. Psalm 127:3
- At that time Jesus answered and said, I give thee thanks, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from teh wise, and men of understanding, and hast opened them unto babes. Matthew 11:25
- And he took them up in his arms, and put his hands upon them, and blessed them. Mark 10:16
Hope you thrill to see the video that demonstrates how very much the Lord Jesus Christ loves little children. Reader, whether you are 5, 55 or 95 the Truth – the Lord Jesus – loves you and sees all of us as little sheep. He demonstrates incredible strength in daily protecting us from harms we are oblivious of, it is He that meets us in the fiery battles waged, He it is that covers in peace when we weep, and He it is who guides us in the ways of our Father and helps us maintain our child-like faith until He calls us home. Oh, Christian brothers and sisters, know deep down in the marrow of your very bone – nothing can separate us from His tender, abiding, and unmerited love and favor once we have received salvation full and free after being drawn from our sin and to Him. Eternity in the court of God is ten thousand times ten thousand days better than any suffering endured on our journey of life. Let’s make it count for the increase of His Kingdom to the glory of God our Father! If you are yet an unbeliever I urge you to seek God ask Him if He is real and if He could help you learn of him in scripture. He will answer any prayer that is sincere. Why choose hell when heaven has already purchased your pardon if you would but repent and believe upon jesus the only name given by which men must be saved?