Matthew 1:21 The angel said to Joseph, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” This is my favorite name for God’s Son. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Probably has to do with my learning “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong. They are weak but he is strong.” I was embarrassed when someone at church asked my little ones to sing to her. She said, I know you know Jesus Loves Me. I stood there aghast as I realized they did not. They love to bring me scripture cards to read, and when I know music to them (like This is the Day or Rejoice) I sing them but I, with others, had neglected to teach Jesus Loves Me. How could I have overlooked the basics! Not only I, but these children have been in Sunday School most of their lives. Have we become so sophisticated that we no longer teach that little chorus? Obviously I am guilty. (Perhaps they had been taught as toddlers, but had forgotten.)
Pete learned to read early so he read his Toddler’s Bible all by himself. He proudly told me when he had finished. He wanted to know if I wanted him to show me his favorite story. Of course, I said yes thinking he would go to David or Samson. No, he carefully looked through until he came to the page of Jesus with the little children on his lap. It’s important for them to learn to share, be friendly, and tell the truth; however, nothing is as important as for them to know that Jesus loves them!
(updated from blog page “Jesus” regarding names of Jesus from John 1)