That NEW Adage

A pressure-relief valve about God, and just about everything else.

“Oh, How I Love Jesus…”

“…because He first loved me?”

Well, that’s how the song goes, but I was asking myself why I love Him, and I don’t think that that was why.

I’ve never seen Him face to face. I’ve never heard His voice.

Why do we love anyone? Because of how they look? For their personality? Are they cute or fine, strong or confident, vulnerable or expressive, smart or cool?

I think I loved my parents for the same reasons my kids love me: because I am there to provide them the attention and care and affection and provision and correction and comfort they need. I am there every day, unchanging, no matter what. My parents did the hard things without giving up, and would still readily die for me. Check one for Jesus!

I loved my wife because I saw her heart and her coolness, and I wanted to just be around her all the time. Check two.

I loved my children because they share my particular nature. Check three for the Lord.

I loved my uncles because they were so cool! They knew the right things to say at the right times. They were capable and competent and had muscles. Girls liked them. Check four! (Look at how many women there are in the church…)

I loved my friends — the REAL few — because they were down for me. No matter what I did, they would not abandon me. They put up with my immaturity and selfishness, and corrected it. Check five.

I became a Michael Jordan fan because he was flawless at what he did. He was singularly focused and mastered his occupation. Likewise, my admiration for certain musicians and public figures usually stems from the same root. Six.

I love my family because, to them, I am special. To them, I am who I think I am, that person the world ignores. They listen to me, they ask my advice, and they let me flourish. That’s a round, complete seven for Jesus.

Jesus is all of that and more.  I don’t care about how cute He is. He provides for me — even though I selfishly take the credit, He is never too busy to listen to me vent, and He died — DIED — for me!

Who cannot, upon seeing the heart of Jesus, come to love Him? He is selfless, giving, and attentive.

He was completely God, but completely man as well. He is in me, and I am in Him.

You can say what you want, but there is no Rat Packer, Bruce Lee, or Nat King Cole cooler than Jesus! Never rattled, quick-witted, and never at a loss for word or action. When His enemies tried to corner Him with sly words, He wriggled out with Truth. When they tried to stone Him, He simply slipped away. When Lazarus was dying, He did not panic or even skip a beat. And though He sweated, He didn’t let ’em see it. I just want to hang around Him.

He is a true friend, telling us when we’re wrong, but telling us how to fix it. He doesn’t water down a Truth to spare our feelings, but He will go through a wall for us. He gives loyalty and expects it.

He came to Earth for a singular reason. He had the hardest job in existence and finished it with NO help from any of us! The whole plan was executed with more synchronicity than all the 007, Indiana Jones and Danny Ocean plots put together and exponentially multiplied. Every contingency was accounted for with not a single hitch! SMOOTH!

We are the crown jewel of God’s work, and are worth — to Him —  all the pain and torment of a task such as this, yet it was done without hesitation before we even came to be. And awaiting us on the other side of this vaporous life is an eternity in which we will blossom to full gloriousness forever.

Who cannot love someONE who embodies every positive attribute such as this?

THAT’S why I love Jesus.


May 18, 2009 - Posted by | Christ, Christian Life, Christianity, God, Jesus, Love


  1. totally like this!

    Comment by fireball3316 | May 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. and totally love Jesus too!

    Comment by fireball3316 | May 18, 2009 | Reply

  3. Good stuff!

    That’s why I love Him too!

    Comment by heatherltrotter | May 19, 2009 | Reply

    • ‘Preshiate you, Heather T!

      Comment by maxdaddy | May 21, 2009 | Reply

  4. Derrick, this made me smile out loud. 😉

    Comment by sara | May 19, 2009 | Reply

    • Hey, sara! Glad to see you! How’s everything?

      Comment by maxdaddy | May 21, 2009 | Reply

  5. Love it! Thanks Heather for posting.

    Comment by Courtney Murray | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hi,

    Wow! Great stuff Derrick! Your work has always been a blessing to me!



    Comment by Phil Naessens | May 20, 2009 | Reply

    • Hey, Phil! I feel the same way about your site. It lets me know that the Body is still alive and at work!

      Comment by maxdaddy | May 21, 2009 | Reply

  7. Oh yeah…
    What it must have been like, to be in His presence, when he walked the earth! Power. Wisdom. Compassion. Meekness.
    How “cool” is that? Very. Yes indeed.

    Comment by A Nappy Girl | July 23, 2009 | Reply

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