Does Jesus Really Love Me?

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 ESV)

I’m always so struck by this verse.

He loves me.

He gave himself for me.

Me? Slow to understand, impatient, backsliding, lazy, not-much-to-offer—that me? Yes, me.

And this “gave himself” is shorthand for reminding us of the crucifixion, that awful, wretched death where God’s wrath was exhausted on him for our sins. I can’t even imagine the horror.

And why would Jesus do such a thing?

What does Paul say? He loves you.

“The fact that on the cross Jesus bore believers’ sins as their personal, individual substitute (“he … for me”) shows that the crucifixion was not an impersonal, mechanical transaction, but a personal expression of Christ’s love for people as individuals.” (ESV Study Bible)

Christianity is never impersonal. This is a real, vibrant, essential relationship with Jesus himself—he is alive for you. God and Savior. Lord and Friend.

So, does Jesus really love you? Friend, Jesus loves you—the Bible tells you so.

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood” (Revelation 1:5 ESV)

  1. Thanks for this! I think in some contexts we’ve over-corrected to emphasize the corporate nature of what Christ has done to the neglect of reflecting on his love for us as individuals. Thanks for reminding us!

  2. Hi Jonathan, not sure if you follow posts here, but I am guilty of compartmentalizing the corporate nature of Christ’s sacrifice these days. It comes from not experiencing a PERSONAL … “warm fuzzy” I suppose. PERSONAL answers to prayer… PERSONAL sense of being loved by God. I guess I’ve always struggled with this, but my fall-back on the CORPORATE nature is the only resolution I can find for not sensing the PERSONAL. Sure would love to sit and talk about this in person again some day.

  3. Mark – great to hear from you! I think looking to the corporate work of Christ can be an encouraging thing to do when you walk through valleys of life. It’s helpful to be reminded that you’re part of God’s people (1 Peter 2:9-10) when you feel stranded on your own. Having said that, what we must strive to do is fall back on the promises of God in the truth of His Word that tells us He loves us even when our circumstances may make us feel like he doesn’t. I’m preaching through 1 Peter right now and chapter 1 is an incredible reminder of his persistent love for his people, even when they’re suffering.

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