“Somebody Loves You: ‘Tis Jesus”

"SOMEBODY LOVES YOU: ‘TIS JESUS"
"…Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us…" (Eph.5.2)

     INTRO.: A song which pictures Jesus as One who loves us no matter what is "Somebody Loves You: ‘Tis Jesus." The text was written by Laurene Highfield (1870-1927). A playright, her works include The Usurper Overthrown, Immanuel, Hope for the Ages, Hail to the Victor, and The Jolly Tars. Another of her fairly well-known hymns, though it has not appeared in any of our books, is "The Work Must Go On." The tune for "Somebody Loves You: ‘Tis Jesus" was composed by Samuel W. Beazley (1873-1944).  Copyrighted by Beazley in 1911, the song was later owned by Robert H. Coleman, but after its renewal in 1939, it was owned by the Gospel Advocate Co. Another collaboration between Highfield and Beazley which has appeared in many of our books is "The Love of God" beginning, "Since the love of God has shed Priceless blessings on my head." Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, "Somebody Loves You: ‘Tis Jesus" appeared in the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1), the 1948 Christian Hymns No. 2, and the 1966 Christian Hymns No. 3 all edited by L. O. Sanderson; and the 1996 Blessed Fountain edited by Morris Lynwood Smith.

     The song mentions various problems in which the Christian can still know that Jesus loves Him.

I. Stanza 1 says that Jesus loves us when we are in sorrow
"Though you are helpless and lonely and poor,
Somebody loves you: ’tis Jesus;
Though bitter sorrows you have to endure,
Somebody loves you: ’tis Jesus."
 A. There are times when we feel helpless, but we can go to Jesus to find grace to help in time of need: Heb. 4.14-16
 B. There may be times when we are poor, but Jesus offers us the riches of God’s wisdom and knowledge: Rom. 11.33
 C. There will be times when we have sorrows to endure, but in Christ we can find God’s comfort: 2 Cor. 1.3-4

II. Stanza 2 says that Jesus loves us when we have trials
"Though you are weary and trials come fast,
Somebody loves you: ’tis Jesus;
His strength will comfort you unto the last,
Somebody loves you: ’tis Jesus."
 A. There are times when we grow weary, but Jesus offers us rest: Matt. 11.28-30
 B. There are time when trials come fast, but Jesus promises that our trials can turn out for our good: Jas. 1.2-3
 C. He makes it possible for us to be strengthened with might in the inner man if He dwells in our hearts by faith: Eph. 3.16-17

III. Stanza 3 says that Jesus loves us even if we have grieved Him
"Though you have grieved Him and saddened His heart,
Somebody loves you, ’tis Jesus;
You in His tenderness still have a part,
Somebody loves you: ’tis Jesus."
 A. When we sin against the Lord, we grieve the Holy Spirit: Eph. 4.30
 B. This, of course, makes the Lord sad, just as He wept over unfaithful Jerusalem: Lk. 19.41-44
 C. Yet, we know that He still loves us because He goes out to seek the lambs who have gone astray: Lk. 15.1-7

IV. Stanza 4 says that Jesus loves us when the way seems dark
"Though you are friendless and dark seems the way,
Somebody loves you, ’tis Jesus;
There is one Friend who forever will stay,
Somebody loves you: ’tis Jesus."
 A. There are times when, like Paul, we seem to be friendless because others have forsaken us: 2 Tim. 4.9, 16
 B. At such times, the way seems dark, just as this world is referred to as a place of darkness because of sin: Jn. 3.19
 C. However, Jesus is a Friend who will remain with us at all times: Jn. 15.14

CONCL.: The chorus continues to remind us of the love of Christ.
"Somebody loves you wherever you are;
Though from life’s battles you’ve many a scar,
Though in strange byways you’ve wandered afar,
Somebody loves you: ’tis Jesus."
The old saying is, "Into each life a little rain must fall." Not all our days will be sunny and bright. There will be times of sorrow, trial, darkness, and even mourning over our own failures. However, regardless of what may happen to you in this life, you can be assured that "Somebody Loves You: ‘Tis Jesus."

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