Do you remember when you first heard the Good News, the Gospel, of Jesus Christ?
As a child in church, I remember hearing the good news of Christ. I remember thinking “Jesus really loves me? He really came to earth for me?” Singing “Jesus Loves Me” was one of my favorite songs as a child.
Jesus loves me
This I know
For the Bible tells me so…
I still remember the night those verses became true in my life. Sure, I had sung the song. I’d heard the Gospel. And yet, I needed the good news to be real in my little world. I was eight years old, almost nine. It was a bitterly cold January with threats of a blizzard on the horizon. I was stuck in the hospital recovering from an emergency appendectomy and had post-operative pneumonia on top of that. And. I. Was. Alone.
With a younger sister at home and my dad out of town, my mom couldn’t stay with me at the hospital. That night, I was alone, hurting and desperate. I prayed and begged God to hear me. In that moment, I knew He was with me. I knew that the song was true. I knew the Gospel was meant for me. I felt Jesus’s presence and His love.
As a parent to two young children, my daily prayer is for them to truly know that Jesus loves them in their hearts, minds and souls. Jesus came to this earth to set us free from the power of sin that entered this world when Satan deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. From that point forward, our human sin has separated us from God. And now, Jesus has come to restore that relationship with God as our Savior through His death and resurrection on the cross at Calvary. I want them to know that Jesus loved them enough to come and die for them. His victory over the enemy is one of promise and hope.
Friends, if you’ve forgotten the good news or haven’t heard it, I invite you to check out the New Testament. Read through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Jesus came for you. He came to proclaim the Gospel. And it is good news indeed.
Father, I’m so thankful for Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for loving us enough to send Your Son to proclaim the Gospel and to set us free from the enemy. Your love and promise of hope everlasting can only come from a good, good Father. May we share our gift with others. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.