A MESSAGE FOR THE DESPERATE

Why is it that most people don’t seem interested in the Gospel? Although the very word “Gospel” means good news most don’t seem to think it is good news. Well, I can tell you why. The reason it doesn’t sound like good news to some is because it is a message for the desperate and most don’t see themselves as desperate…yet. Although we are all in a desperate situation some don’t see it because through worldly eyes they are healthy, wealthy, well fed and for the most part doing okay. Until the proverbial “stuff” hits the fan we march along thinking we are doing well. We haven’t yet seen our need of God.

King David was called a man after God’s own heart. If you know anything about David you know that he spent several years running from King Saul before he officially took on the role of King of Israel. At one point he

was living in the cave of Adullam. The Bible says that everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them.[1] Isn’t it interesting how all of the folks who were desperate gathered around David? He was living in a cave on the run from the King of Israel and yet these folks saw something in him. They must have thought he could bring them comfort, peace, wholeness, justice, contentment, etc. Notice these folks weren’t described as the well off, the healthy, the prominent, the beautiful and all that had it all together, these folks were desperate.

Now Jesus was known as the son of David correct? If you are someone’s son you would probably have similar traits about you wouldn’t you? Let’s see if we can spot them. Jesus called all of us who are weary and heavy-laden to come to him and he would give us rest. He said he was gentle and humble in heart, and we will find rest for our souls. His yoke is easy and his burden is light.[2]

Now I realize that Jesus is the son of God, but for the sake of my point doesn’t it seem that it is appropriate to think of him as the son of David? Like David he seemed to draw a certain type of people to him that wasn’t necessarily the most wholesome or well to do. He always seemed to have the religious leaders of his day in an uproar. When the scribes and Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, “Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?” And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”[3]

According to Jesus the very judgment of God will be based on how we treated those in need. He said he would divide the nations into two groups, the goats and sheep. In case you are wondering we want to be on the side of the sheep. He will say to those on his right (the sheep), ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me, I was in prison, and you came to me.’[4] It seems that Jesus completely identifies himself with the desperate.

In conclusion, if you want to be one who shares “good news” you must go where people are desperate to hear it. If you are content to stay away from those in need you will never see any results from sharing the gospel. This is why Jesus told us that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom. As long as we think we have it all together we will not see our need of Christ. This is why we that are poor in spirit, hungry, sick, addicted, imprisoned and all together messed up are actually in a better position than those that aren’t. We are in a place of need therefore we are ready for the Gospel, the good news, that Christ came here to seek and to save them that are lost.[5]Or in other words, those that are desperate

Written by Louie


[1] 1 Samuel 22:2

[2] Matthew 11:28-30

[3] Mark 2:16-17

[4] Matthew 25:32-36

[5] Luke 19:10

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