Did you know that Jesus loves you? You have probably heard, or maybe sang way too often as a kid, the song, “Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me…!” This is a great song, and so full of theological truth. Jesus does love you and me; we are weak and He is strong; the Bible does tell us so often of His love!
The Bible also says that “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17, ESV). I think we could easily say that love by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. What I mean is this: if someone loves you in what he or she says, but does not love you in the way he or she acts toward you, is that really love? Is that love really alive or active? I don’t think so.
Yes, the Bible so often tells us that Jesus loves us, but it always goes a step beyond this. God’s Word constantly reveals the many ways Jesus acted out His love on people. One such example of His compassionate love is comforting the disciples when they are afraid in John 6:19-20:
When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
No big deal, Jesus is just walking on water. Then, as He’s walking on water toward them, the disciples see Him and are freaked out. They’re probably thinking, “Who is that??” With good reason! I would be too! But what is Jesus’ first response? “It is I”. Then, “do not be afraid.”
There is comfort in knowing that Jesus is with you. There comes a peace that surpasses all understanding and guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). This comfort and peace is bound up in the experience of knowing Christ intimately. When we know Jesus Christ, have experienced Him, we can be free from fear because it is Christ who is with us. Don’t let fear have the upper hand; rest in your faith in Jesus Christ. When God is here, we don’t have to fear; and God never leaves us (Deuteronomy 31:8; Hebrews 13:5).