Today’s Scrip-Bit 2 December 2018 Romans 5:8.

Romans 5:8.   But God commendeth (demonstrated) his (His own) LOVE toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

The day is here friends, the day to hie thee hither to the Lord’s sanctuary! Bless His holy name my brethren, as we gather today in His house, on His special day, to praise, give thanks, worship and enjoy fantastic fellowship with other believers. Brother! How wonderful sincere fellowship can be! 

For when the Holy Spirit rises up in our souls and we hear the truthful word of God, it just makes us want to shout with joy and give God all the glory, exalt His revered name and show our immense LOVE for Him in all we say and do!  And that’s the way it ought to be my people. So let’s get with it nuh. 

And we’ll begin as always with some praise and worship, filling the airwaves with song, and letting it float up to heaven on high where it can be joyfully received. And today’s song of praise is a simple ditty, but based on the foundational principle of our wonderful faith. Yes friends, it’s that simple but oh so powerful and true hymn ‘Jesus LOVES Me!’ Over the years there have been numerous recordings of it, the most popular possibly being that by the late singer Whitney Houston. 

But before we sing it, let’s get a little perspective on its origins. It’s said to be written by Anna B. Warner in 1860 as a poem on her sister Susan’s request for one for a dying child. I guess that’s why children LOVE it so much; it gives their little hearts comfort and peace. 

But we adults LOVE it too, because it does the same for us and reminds us of where our bread is buttered. The poem appeared in a novel called, ‘Say and Seal,’ while the tune was composed by one William B. Bradbury in 1862. So now we know the story, enough talk, (smile) let’s just lose ourselves in the moment and sing in loud, sweet harmony: 

‘Jesus LOVES me! This I know, For the Bible tells me so; Little ones to Him belong; They are weak, but He is strong. (Refrain: Yes, Jesus LOVES me, Yes, Jesus LOVES me! Yes, Jesus LOVES me! For the Bible tells me so.) Jesus LOVES me! This I know, As He LOVED so long ago. Taking children on His knee, Saying, “Let them come to me.” (Refrain) Jesus LOVES me still today, Walking with me on my way, Wanting as a friend to give Light and LOVE to all who live. (Refrain) 

Jesus LOVES me! He who died Heaven’s gate to open wide; He will wash away my sin, Let His little child come in. (Refrain) 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. (Refrain: Yes, Jesus LOVES me, Yes, Jesus LOVES me! Yes, Jesus LOVES me! For the Bible tells me so.)’ 

Ah mih people, those simple words pronounce such profound truth. But that’s to be expected from anything that has to do with Jesus, for His system, though quite simple, is awesomely true! Now hear this recommendation from the web site ‘God Tube: 

‘The Bible tells us that God LOVES each and every one of us, despite our sins and faults. Be comforted by the simple lyrics of ‘Jesus LOVES Me’ and remember that our Creator is Almighty and All-LOVING. He is with us each step of the day and will never leave our side. We may be weak, but He is our strength.’ 

Glory be my people! What wonderful and true words of advice! It’s also claimed that this song ‘with its simple, direct message, is one of the first hymns missionaries teach to new converts. It was the favourite hymn of Francis Schaeffer, who recognized that ultimately what intellectuals and children alike need is the simple message of Jesus. Amy Carmichael, the Irish missionary to India, was converted after hearing this hymn at a children’s mission in Yorkshire, England.’ 

That’s the power of LOVE…of Jesus’ LOVE friends! And I have so many scriptures I can use for the Bit that I’m in a bit of a quandary here. (smile) But I think this one shows the real scope and power of God’s LOVE: ‘But God commendeth (demonstrated) his (his own) LOVE toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’ 

Can you imagine that my fellow believers, a God, a Deity, sending His ONLY Son to die on our behalf while we were yet sinners, His mortal enemies? Only a truly magnanimous, self-assured Deity like the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob could have the wherewithal to do such a magnanimous act. 

Now hear this other bit of magnificent scripture that shows how our great God truly felt about us, both then and now: ‘For God so LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.’ (John 3:16) 

 Mama Mia! What an awesome God we serve and worship! I don’t see how we cannot LOVE and cherish and revere Him after all of that. He didn’t have to do it, but He cared for us so much that His heart would have been totally broken. Not that it wasn’t broken when He had to forsake Jesus, but Jesus was the ONLY ONE who could pay for our sins, and payment was absolutely necessary for Him to keep His holiness and justice intact.  

And for all of that sacrifice to be worthwhile, this is what is necessary, in the words of Bruh Paul to the Ephesians: ‘That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in LOVE, May be able to comprehend (understand) with all saints what is the breadth (width), and length, and depth, and height; And to know the LOVE of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God’ (Eph.3:17-19) 

Ah friends, I pray the same prayer for all of us today, because we so badly need to know the exceeding greatness and infinite scope of God’s LOVE for us. Much LOVE!

…Jesus said…Suffer (allow) little children…and forbid them not to come unto me…for of such is the kingdom of heaven… (Matt.19:14)

 

 

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