Would we like Jesus to give us what we Want or what we Need?

Jesus rode into Jerusalem and the crowd cried out for him to save them. They were expecting salvation from Roman occupation but Jesus had a different agenda.

A few days later many of these same people would have been in another crowd shouting crucify as Jesus stood before them. Jesus had failed to be the saviour that they wanted him to be and so they rejected him and instead they called for a revolutionary named Barabbas to be freed instead.

Sadly Barabbas didn’t free them from the Romans and in an act of supreme irony, their rejection of Jesus led to his death which in turn provided salvation for the whole world.

If Jesus had defeated the Romans life would have been better for those people but because of his death on the cross, eternal life and a relationship with God is possible.

If you were a part of that crowd 2000 years ago do you think that you would we have chosen differently?

When we are in pain, the circumstances and emotions of what we are going through can consume us. Sometimes, all we can see is the particular problem and as a result we then cry out to God asking him to save us from the particular situation.

Sometimes we ask that Jesus acts in the way we want rather than perhaps the way that we most need!

Instead of just asking Jesus to take away our pain, I believe that we should call on and pour out our heart to him in order to express the pain we are feeling. At this point, we should be asking Jesus how he wants to lead us forwards.

Jesus knows and understands our felt needs, but he also knows our real needs and the real needs of the people around us.

Jesus died to save the whole world and not just me or you and so we need to accept that meeting our felt needs isn’t necessarily very high on Jesus’ priority list in comparison to the salvation of the whole of humanity.

2000 years ago, Jesus could have been rescued the Jews from the Romans. If he had done so he would have been incredibly popular (except with the Romans of course!) but in not giving his life as a sacrifice, we would all still be separated from God.

Would we like Jesus to give us what we Want or what we Need?

I am hoping to write something each day to explore something that happened during the lead up to the first Easter Sunday. If you are interested in finding out more then you might find the posts I have written during this and previous years about this helpful.

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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One Response to Would we like Jesus to give us what we Want or what we Need?

  1. Yes, it’s all about Jesus,

    The Star of The Show

    Jesus calls us to Himself
    When The Show begins
    We’re infants – so He humors us
    It’s “Rocky and His Friends”

    Like a little squirrel dressed up
    As a flying superhero
    We give ourselves The Title
    And zoom around the atmosphere Oh!

    I have come to save the day!
    We proclaim with a big smile
    And Jesus is my co-pilot
    So I’m always on top of the pile

    God our Father loves his children
    He is patient as we grow
    So we take another step
    It’s “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show”

    As we journey with The Moose
    Faithfully by our side
    We get a revelation
    We have to swallow our pride

    “He must become greater”
    He really is The Star
    “I must become less,” but still
    With Him I’ll travel far

    “You must follow me,” says Jesus
    In His eyes I see a twinkle
    He is not MY friend I am HIS
    Jesus is The Star – like Bullwinkle

    Like

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