“Jesus loves me, this I know, For The Bible tells me so.” Do you know where The Bible tells you so? We like to answer with verses like John 3:16 – “God so loved the world so that He gave His Only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” God loves the world. He sent His Son for the world. You’re part of the world.
But how do you know for sure you’re part of the world God loves. Today’s reading! “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus loves YOU! He loves every single one of you, “Loves [you] every day the same, Even calls [you] by [your] name!”
Why would He love you? Because He’s been in your shoes. He was a child too! He knows exactly what it’s like to go to school, to have parents and siblings and grandparents and cousins and friends. He knows what it’s like to do homework, to deal with people who don’t like you or respect you, to have to share, to be sick, to lose something or someone you love at a young age.
How do you know He loves you? Because your name is written on His hands and feet and in His head and heart and back. How? With nails and spear and thorns and floggings! He thought of you every second of His Suffering and saw you and said to Himself: “I’m doing this for the children at Redeemer Lutheran School on February 10, 2017.” He still has those wounds to remind Him of this. He can’t forget you. He loves you very dearly.
So He wants to come to you and hold you and help you all through life. He comes to us in Holy Baptism. He comes to us whenever we hear His Word. He comes to us at His Altar. He wants you to come to Him, trusting His Word. Come, believing He is coming to you right now. Why does He come to be with you now? So that “when [your] short life is ended, By His angel host attended, He shall fold [you] to His breast, There within His arms to rest.”