The Cure for Sin-sick Souls

“Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, ‘What are you seeking?’ ” (John 1:38).

Remarkable as it may seem, people sometimes come to Jesus for the wrong reasons. Some come for a quick religious fix or spiritual band aid, but do not thereafter follow Him for long. Why? They came to Him for the wrong reasons.

In John 6, the crowds sought to make Him king after witnessing His miracle working power, but notice Jesus’ response:

“When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, ‘This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!’ Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself” (John 6:14-15).

We do not come to God on our own terms; we come to Him on His terms. Do we see our need of salvation? Have we found ourselves empty by pursuing the things of this world? Jesus offers help to those who see their need. Jesus did not come to fulfill worldly dreams. Jesus did not come to make us rich or famous. Jesus came to rescue the perishing, and to give rest to our souls:

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30).

Jesus offers rest to the weary. Jesus promises eternal life to those who come to Him by faith. Jesus promises renewal to those who seek change in their lives. Most people hit roadblocks by chasing the things of this world. Jesus has something better for them. He will forgive their sins, renew their hearts, and give them eternal life. Jesus offers additional blessings, too. He gives us meaning and purpose to life. He gives us gifts with which to serve Him. He hears our prayers and knows our sorrows. But His salvation means we will never be alone again:

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’ ” (Hebrews 13:5).

When we come to Jesus for the right reasons, we will never walk away disappointed. He will give us the life we could never find on our own.

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