I was driving my children somewhere this morning. They began to sing the old song “Jesus loves me”. You don’t even need to be a churched person to recognize it… Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so…
It was one of those nice dad moments. My daughters almost got the lyrics right. That song may be relegated to Sunday School or even looked down on for being so simplistic. Though the truth it contains is simple, it is far from shallow. The love of Jesus is at the heart of the Good News.
The great Swiss theologian Karl Barth (1886-1968) was once on a tour of the United States. After a lecture, a student stood up and asked him to summarize his entire theology. Most likely the student was expecting a profound answer from the man who was known neither for his simplicity nor brevity. Instead, Barth allegedly said: “Yes, I can. In the words of a song I learned at my mother’s knee: ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
So from the greatest minds to the youngest of children – the truth is the same. Nothing could be more simple, nothing could be less shallow.