Nails were not enough to hold God-and-man nailed and fastened on the Cross, had not love held Him there. 

-Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) 

 

Not all of us grew up in Sunday School watching teachers slave over flannelgraphs and having them patiently put up with our constant cries for the morning snack.  We weren’t very spiritual back then you know—and some of us still aren’t.  As I remember, I wasn’t one of the kids pushing the other ones around for the coolest toy to play with, but I can’t say I was perfect either.  And don’t call my teachers, they retired after having me as a regular.  I responded to a friend today—after jokingly being told I was a mess—that I just need Jesus a little more than most.

And I’m glad.

If you did go to Sunday School you must remember singing the all-time classic Jesus loves me.

One of my favorite stories concerns theological giant Karl Barth (1886-1968)—who many consider the most influential and greatest theologian of the 20th century.  Barth’s monumental life-work (Church Dogmatics) consists in excess of 6 million words and  was written over a 35 year span—Barth stated that he had made it his work To take all that has been said before and to think it through once more and freshly to articulate it anew as a theology of the grace of God in Jesus Christ. 

After a lifetime of studies and teaching Barth was surrounded by a group of students and scholars at a press conference and the deep thinker was asked—Dr. Barth, what is the most profound truth you have learned in your studies?  Without hesitation Barth replied—Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.   

 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.   (Jude 1:21, ESV)

My own dad has served me well in reminding me more times than I can remember when life has been anything but easy or I have been almost overwhelmed with the world I find myself entrenched in and sometimes at war with—Don’t forget the love of Jesus, Ken.

The next time you are mired in a mess or weighed down with heavy thoughts you might do well to remember—Jesus loves you too.

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