Desperate for Jesus

heart for GodThe woman who had an “issue of blood” was, no doubt, weakened by the condition. She also suffered severe social stigma, but she was desperate to see Jesus. (Matthew 9:20-22She said to herself, If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.)

Zacchaeus was feeling a void in his soul because he knew he was not living a godly life. He had a driving desire to see Jesus because he sensed that Jesus would be able to rescue him from himself. (Luke 19:2-10So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him)

The Greeks leaned on the disciples to gain an inside track for an audience with Jesus. At this point in time, Jesus was performing miracles and had a compelling message. (John 12:21ffSir, we wish to see Jesus.)

Jesus entered a house in Capernaum, and people immediately came to see Him! So many were gathered together that there wasn’t any more room. Jesus was preaching to the people. Four men carried a man who was paralyzed; they were so desperate to get their friend close to Jesus, they lowered him down through the roof!

Do you and I spend this kind of energy to get close to Jesus?

The song writer in Psalm 42:1-2 reflects this idea when he writes,
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
     So my soul pants for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
     When shall I come and appear before God?

We learn from Matthew that even if we had the whole world, it would not compare in worth to knowing Jesus.  Matthew 16:26For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? Seeking the Lord in great earnest is the best way for us to get a clear assignment from Him and see Him work in us and through us—to be on mission for good.

Matthew 9:20-22
20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.”

Luke 19:2, 9-10
2 There was a man named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. … 9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

John 12:20-21, 26
“20 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 26 Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.”

Nelson Malwitz, Founder

Nelson Malwitz, Founder

Nelson Malwitz, Founder

Nelson was raised in the C&MA and attended Urbana in college. A Chemical Engineer worked in R&D positions 33 years. with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) in what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves on the Board. He has been in 45 countries to work with leaders of leaders and see multiple cultures first hand.

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