“Jesus Loves Me,” a song known far and wide, normally is considered a kids’ song, but every adult should know and understand it.
The song teaches that the Bible tells us about the one who loved man enough to die for him. It teaches the importance of knowing God’s word. There are some questions that need to be asked of every person, such as: How often do you study your Bible — every day, every other day, once a week or once a month?
God has told man to study. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that neededth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). In the context of the passage, Paul was talking to Timothy; however, the application can be made to all who follow Christ.
Bible study is something all people need to do for themselves. That does not mean people should see it their way, but that each person should look at the Scriptures to understand them as God wants them understood. Jesus said, “He that rejecteth me and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him. The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). This passage again places emphasis on the fact that each person must be aware of what the Bible teaches. If people do not know the way to live their lives, how will they be ready for judgment day? One’s eternal destiny will not depend on how much ancestors knew about the Bible or how much a spouse knows. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). All must study God’s word for themselves, which will enable them to know what God desires of them. Anyone who studies and obeys will be approved in the sight of God.
The Bible is divided into the Old and New testaments. The New Testament is what man is to follow today. One must understand the divisions of the Bible. While it all is inspired (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17), not all of it is for man to follow today. The Hebrew writer told that the old was a shadow of things to come (Hebrews 10:1-22). With the death of Christ, the New Testament was given to man (Hebrews 9:11-28). If people were to keep the old covenant today, they would not be able to have the forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 10:1-4; Galatians 3:16-4:11). Christ took the old law out of the way (Colossians 2:14), nailing it to his cross.
The Lord’s last will and testament shows that man is to study the word. This develops faith (Romans 10:17), which leads to repentance (Acts 2:38) and a willingness to confess Christ before men (Matthew 10:32). Then, one realizes the need to be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). The word then gives one instruction on how to live the Christian life.
Yes, Jesus does love man, and the Bible tells me so.