The substitute teacher was overwhelmed. She was helping to care for a small group of children at a school that specializes in students with severe disabilities. As she sat with a little boy who seemed extremely agitated, she leaned over to him and whispered in his ear, “Jesus loves you.” Immediately the boy’s agitation calmed, and he began to laugh and make happy sounds.

Have you ever thought about the significance of the words “Jesus loves you”? Can anything be more simple, yet more profound?

Consider what it means to have the Creator of all things know your name. Think of the comfort in knowing that the Great Physician has your best interests at heart. Ponder the security of knowing that the Good Shepherd is watching over you. Contemplate what it means that the Savior cared enough to die for you.

Ponder too what Paul said. He asked, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Rom. 8:35). The answer: Nothing in all creation “shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (v.39).

What does it mean to have Someone like that love you? It means life and peace and hope and joy.

Jesus loves you. What else do you need?