If you have any doubt that the world wants Jesus, just turn on your radio this Christmas season.
Someday all our dreams will come to be-
someday in a world where men are free…
Someday at Christmas, we’ll see a man.
No hungry children, no empty hand…
Someday at Christmas, there’ll be no tears,
where all men are equal and no men have fears…”
No more lives torn apart,
That wars would never start,
That time would heal all hearts.
Every man would have a friend,
That right would always win,
And love would never end…”
“I pray my wish will come true,
For my child and your child too.
They’ll see the day of glory-
See the day when men of good will live in peace,
live in peace again.
Now, the world may not know they want Jesus, but I promise you, that is because of the way the church has misrepresented Jesus.
Some of you rolled your eyes when you read the lyrics above- probably because you think they sound too idealistic- too impossible- and You don’t think Jesus came for any of that anyway. You think Jesus came to save the souls of evil sinners so that they could live in an undeserved paradise someday. I feel sorry for you because there’s so much more to the Christian life than that.
Let’s take a look at some more song lyrics- ones that you’ve likely heard a thousand times but may have never pondered.
“Come, Desire of Nations,
Bind our spirits with one heart and mind.
Bid envy, toil, and discord cease.
Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.”
(O Come, O Come, Emmanuel)
“Christ our Savior was born on Christmas day,
to save us all from satan’s power when we had gone astray…”
(God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)
“Long lay the world in sin and error…
Until He appeared and the soul felts its worth…
He taught us to love one another.
His law is love and His gospel is peace…
In His name, all oppression shall cease!”
(O Holy Night)
“No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessing flow-
far as the curse is found.”
(Joy to the World)
I’m tired of the church preaching a weak Jesus. We may say we preach the gospel, but that leaves me wondering, “If this ‘ticket to heaven’ thing is the gospel, why doesn’t it sound like good news?” Honestly, most of the world could care less about what happens after they die because they’re so caught up in the mess of their daily lives. If the world is bigger than myself and my hereafter- I need to preach a bigger gospel.
The world is longing for Jesus as revealed in the fullness of the gospel- the good news that says, “Yeah, our world is jacked up! War, disease, poverty, oppression, divorce, addiction, hatred, depression… That’s all the direct result of when we chose our way instead of God’s! Satan took the wheel, and the world turned to rot. BUT- none of that was God’s intention. So, in His goodness and love, HE CAME to redeem us from every bit of that curse that we took on ourselves! God sent Himself to open up a channel into His children again. Because Jesus came to restore that broken relationship, the very power of God can live inside of you and me and absolutely transform this world!”
The Christian call is to take the world back to God’s original plan. Not through law or power- but through love. This is not some abstract call- this is tangible. This is the church ministering healing and reconciliation through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is all about inviting God to explode out of our lives- the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is living INSIDE OF YOU. Ask Him to come out and raise the world from the dead everywhere you go!
God came tangibly to the world on the first Christmas with a hope unlike anything they had ever known. He lives in us now by the Holy Spirit. The world is longing for Him, but they don’t realize He is the answer to all their needs. Jesus is the full package. He is our all in all.
Desire of Nations, awaken me to Your presence! I give You full reign to make Your Kingdom come everywhere I go. What an adventure we are on, Holy Spirit! I love you.
Come on, Church! 🙂