Too often the gospel is presented to meet felt needs. “Do you want to be happy? Do you want to escape loneliness? Do you want peace of mind? Then come to Jesus, He will meet your every need.” This makes Jesus the genie in Aladdin’s lamp. No, the gospel goes much deeper than that.
The gospel is not about making an unhappy person happy. Rather, the gospel exists to make a spiritually dead person alive. Sin produces spiritual death (Genesis 2:17). Spiritual death marks an absolute and permanent separation from God. It brings about two interlocking consequences: the fear of death and death itself. This fear creates an unfulfilled sense of life. We know that something is missing within us. And we hunger to fill our emptiness with everything other than living out the truth of our full life of Christ that truly satisfies. Jesus said,
35 “I am the bread of life.
He who comes to Me shall never hunger,
and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
To put it simply, Jesus is saying that He is the Source and Supplier of life. Until and unless you take hold of His abundant life, you live a life lesser. Jesus is our “Tree of Life” personified (Genesis 2:9), and from Him we have His bread of life. Science tells us we are born to die, but Jesus tells us that we are born to live.
Jesus has all the fullness of God (Colossians 2:9) dwelling in Him, and that qualifies Him to go beyond meeting our felt needs, to meet our real needs. Jesus tells us only those who don’t know the Father will crave and keep trying to get their needs met. You are not, nor shall you ever be free from feelings of felt needs until you settle in your heart that only God, who is your Father in heaven, knows your needs and will meet them (Matthew 6:32-33).
In the midst of needs, you stay satisfied because God is your Righteous Father (John 17:25), and He will do all things right in and for you.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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