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Jesus REALLY Loves You

Jesus REALLY Loves You (Jesus Loves You)I think most believers know the song “Jesus Loves Me” and can sing it from memory (at least those who grew up in the church can).  But do you really understand just how much he loves you?  While reading through Solomon’s Song of Songs the Holy Spirit used it to show me just how much the Lord sees in each one of us and his love and care thereof.

There are several ways to interpret the Song of Songs.  One of them is that the song represents the relationship between Christ and the church (and by extension of that, Christ and individual believers).  Although it is a song about lovers, this works because Paul pointed out that the church is the bride of Christ.  He wrote, “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior” (Ephesians 5:23).  This particular interpretation works well for today’s passage.  Song of Songs 4:9-10 reads,

You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;
You have stolen my heart
With one glance of your eyes,
With one jewel of your necklace.
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!
How much more pleasing is your love than wine,
And the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!

Now wait, we just talked about the bride thing, but sister?  Actually, this works too, because according to Scripture we are siblings to the Son of God; for it is written,

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children (Romans 8:15-16).

As Jesus is the Son of God and we are children of God, we are therefore siblings with Jesus- and also his bride…and if you read the passage from Song of Songs, sisters to Christ.  Gender gets a little confusing when comparing God and man.  If you want to know more about the way God sees gender, check out “Does God Have Gender?

So Jesus, our husband, really loves us.  What does he have to say about us?  Scripture records,

How beautiful you are, my darling!
Oh, how beautiful!
Your eyes behind your veil are doves.
Your hair is like a flock of goats
Descending from mount Gilead.
Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn,
Coming up from the washing.
Each has its twin;
Not one of them is alone (Song of Songs 4:1-2).

And a few verses later we read,

Your two breasts are like two fawns,
Like twin fawns of a gazelle
That browse among the lilies (Song of Songs 4:5).

Throughout Song of Songs, the “male” speaker (representing Jesus) uses varied animals in groups to describe his beloved’s body.  This is interesting because during the gospel, Jesus also compared us to animals.  He taught,

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows (Luke 12:6-7).

Jesus REALLY Loves You (Jesus Hearts You)God cares more about us than the rest of creation; exponentially more (since even every hair has many animals’ worth of value in the Lord’s eyes).  Each tooth in your mouth is like a sheep without blemish- which if you recall was a key ingredient in sin offerings: “If he brings a lamb as his sin offering, he is to bring a female without defect” (Leviticus 4:32).  We are each exponentially more important in the eyes of God than anything else on this earth.

So why is this noteworthy?  It shows just how much God watches over us.  The Lord cares for all of creation, every animal individually.  Just listen to the Lord as he reads part of his resume in Job 38:39-41,

Do you hunt the prey for the lioness
And satisfy the hunger of the lions
When they crouch in their dens
Or lie in wait in a thicket?
Who provides food for the raven
When its young cry out to God
And wander about for lack of food?

Everything that happens around us, although often unexplainable, comes through the Lord or at the very least under his watchful gaze.  Jesus also noted, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father” (Matthew 10:29).  If the Lord micromanages nature in such a way and we are exponentially more important than that, then understand how much God shapes and takes care of your life as well.  Jesus said as much when he taught,

And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the lilies of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:28-30).

His care for the plants of the world, much like with animals, extends to us as well.  The “Lover” (Jesus) in Song of Songs sings,

Your stature is like that of the palm,
And your breasts like clusters of fruit.
I said, “I will climb the palm tree;
I will take hold of its fruit.”
May your breasts be like the clusters of the vine,
The fragrance of your breath like apples,
And your mouth like the best wine.
 
May the wine go straight to my lover,
Flowing gently over lips and teeth (Song of Songs 7:7-9).

[Note: That last part of the verse belongs to the “Beloved”] God cares for each plant and animal, but sees you as so much more and watches over you with great care.

Jesus REALLY Loves You (Jesus Loves You This Much)In fact, God cared about you so much that he sent his son, himself in flesh, to die so that you may gain eternal life and live with him in heaven when your body expires.  John writes, “This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10).  This wasn’t just the father’s love though; Jesus reflected this love for you.  He told his disciples, the first believers, “Greater love has no one that this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).  Our brother, our friend, our lover, our King loved us so much, individually, that he sacrificed himself on the cross in order that we may have an everlasting fellowship with him.  How awesome is that?

Rock on God!

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One comment on “Jesus REALLY Loves You

  1. Steve Finnell
    August 1, 2016

    HERMENEUTICS-BY STEVE FINNELL

    Hermeneutics is the science of interpretation of the Scriptures. Isolating verses of Scripture to prove a point of doctrine is common practice, but is it a valid scientific approach to understanding God’s word?

    Let us examine this approach when dealing with the question, “WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?”

    John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

    Is that verse true? Yes, but does it include all the requirements for salvation? No, it does not.

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed and been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

    Is that verse true? Yes, but does it include all the requirements for salvation?

    Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

    Yes, that verse is true; but does include all the requirements for salvation?

    John 3:5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of of God.

    Is that verse true? Yes, but it does not explain the process to be born of water and the Spirit.

    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

    Is that verse true? Yes, we have the opportunity for salvation because of God’s grace, however, that verse does not say that we are saved by grace alone nor does it say we are saved by faith only.

    Romans 6:4-5 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in the newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,

    Is that verse true? Yes, but baptism alone is not the only requirement in order to walk in newness of life.

    1 Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    Is it true that water baptism saves us? Yes, but that verse does not say baptism alone saves us.

    Acts 22:16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name!

    Is that verse true? Yes, but does it list all the requirements for salvation?

    Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

    Is that verse true? Yes, but only if faith precedes baptism.

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Is that verse true? Yes, but it does not mean that you can have your sins forgiven without having faith and confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior.

    Acts 16:30-31…”Sirs what must I do to be saved?” 31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

    Is that verse true? Yes, however, it does not state that men are saved by “faith only.”

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    The Bible says we saved by grace. It does not state we are saved by grace alone.

    The Bible says we we are saved by believing in Jesus. It does not say we are saved by faith only.

    The Bible says we are saved by confessing Jesus as Lord and believing that God raised Him from the dead. It does not say that by confessing Him and believing in His resurrection alone that we will be saved.

    The Bible does says we must repent in order to have our sins forgiven. The Bible does not say repentance alone saves us.

    The Bible teaches us that water baptism is for the forgiveness of sins and that it saves us. It does not say baptism alone saves us.

    WE ARE SAVED BY?

    We are saved by grace.
    We are saved by faith.
    We are saved by repentance.
    We are saved by confession.
    We are saved by water baptism.

    WHICH REQUIREMENT OF GOD’S PLAN FOR OUR SALVATION CAN WE ELIMINATE AND STILL BE SAVED?

    The jailer and his household believed and were baptized that very hour. (Acts 16:30-33) There was no law keeping nor good deeds required for them to be saved.

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