On more than one occasion, people went out of their way to get the attention of Jesus in the four Gospel accounts of his life. A woman fights through a crowd to get just a small touch of his shirt. A tax collector climbs a tree to get a look. Men travel miles and miles to ask for the healing power of Jesus. And over and over again, when people come to him in desperation, crying out to him for help, he obliges. Others tried to turn the desperate people away, but Jesus seemed attracted by their desperation. In the Gospel of Matthew, we find a story of desperate people doing what they must to get Jesus’ attention.
Why were they willing to shout and fight for the attention of Jesus?
I think they were desperate.
They had no other options. They didn’t have it all together and were past the point of pretending they did. They needed Jesus and they knew it.
Simple questions today:
Do you feel your need for him?
Are you desperate for him?
When our finances are a struggle . . . we need him.
When our marriage is in crisis . . . we need him.
When our kids are straying . . . we need him.
When our health is failing . . . we need him.
When we’re lonely . . . we need him.
At least those are the times when we FEEL our need for him.
The truth is that we ALWAYS need him—for joy, adventure, success, forgiveness, strength, kindness, patience, breathing . . . for life itself. For all that we are, we need Jesus.
Have you been shouting to him because you know you need him?
Or have you forgotten your desperation?
We don't like feeling desperate. It’s not all that attractive, at least not to those around us.
But to Jesus? Jesus is attracted to our desperation.
He is impressed by our willingness to admit our desperation. Give him a shout.