Hi, Rob here.
Here’s my confession. I love Jesus. I need Jesus. I cry out for Jesus. My longing for this world is that we would share in that confession. When I hear that a friend’s marriage has broken up and another friend is dealing with a trio of highly stressful situations not of their making and the world is battling militants, disease and paranoia, I urgently pray that we would wake up to our desperate need for Jesus. I believe that what Jesus says about himself is true. I offer up some of these statements to you and ask you, is this who you need?
I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him. – John 14:6-7
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. – John 10:7-11
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. – Luke 19:10
Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for may be in them and that I myself may be in them. – John 17:24-26
These words of Jesus speak to his intentional pursuit of our hearts. He loves us so much that he will lay his life down for us. By conquering death he then makes it possible for us to share in his life. We share his love with the Father. We share his rest and his joy. We share in his life and strength and authority. We need him. Our way is not working. But first he invites us to love him, to give our lives over to him and to trust him. He is Lord and God. He is our Sovereign King. He is our older brother who rescues us. He is our friend who walks with us. This is Jesus, our hope and our help. May we trust him with our lives and our little kingdoms, for the world’s sake.