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Mission & Ministry

It's Still All About Jesus

-- Written by Deaconess Carole King

     A favorite Sunday school song is “Jesus Loves Me.” Nearly every little boy or girl who learns it loves to sing it. As I entered my teens, I wondered why so many adults still liked to sing it. I thought, “Isn’t it a bit childish?” I also wondered about part of the last verse of “I Love to Tell the Story”:
                             I love to tell the story, For those who know it best   
                             Seem hungering and thirsting To hear it like the rest.

     Wouldn’t those who know it best be the same ones who knew it the longest? And I thought, since they presumably would be the oldest, shouldn’t they be digging into deeper theology than the basics of “Jesus Loves Me”?
     At one point, I remember agreeing with someone who said that our Bible classes should move beyond questions that are all answered with the standard Sunday school answer of “Jesus!”
     But as I’ve grown a little bit older and wiser, I’ve realized that all the deep theology I enjoy studying and learning ultimately points back to one basic truth: Jesus loves me, a lost and condemned sinner, so much that he suffered and died in my place to pay the price for my salvation.
     I’m not saying that we shouldn’t dig deeper. We should grow in our faith and knowledge, and as Scripture tells us, “go on to maturity.” (Hebrews 6:1) For when we do take the time to study and deepen our faith, we learn more profoundly how incredible that love of Jesus is, how amazing his sacrifice for us was, and how wonderful it is that we get to share in his resurrection.
     On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses, which is considered the start of the Reformation. Luther was an extraordinary theologian who recognized the benefits of in-depth study. But he learned that the ultimate point of that study is to know Jesus better. He fought for pure doctrine and strove to reform the church, not just because he was a stickler about things (which he certainly could be!), but because pure doctrine points to Jesus.
     There has been enormous change in the past 500 years, but “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) This is one reason why the motto of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is “It’s Still All About Jesus.”
     So take the time to learn more and study deeply so you can learn more about Jesus and how much he loves you, but never forget the basic truths. After all, it will always be all about Jesus.