The heart of God is not that, “People would get Saved."
And I know that might sound sketchy, but keep reading.
God’s heart is that the lost and broken might find fulfillment, peace, prosperity of soul... that they may feel loved and cherished, that they would feel valuable and unique. God's heart is that all of the broken pieces of our lives would be put back together, and that can only come through Christ.
Christ came to show us what eternal life looked like, not just eternal life as in somewhere else that we might get to in the future, but eternal, fulfilling, tangible life, right here and now. To say that the point is getting people to trust Christ is true, but it evades the essence of God's heart.
Before Christ, there was a Loving Father with a broken heart for his children.
The only way to find real, authentic, Eternal Life, is through Jesus, but we can't strive so hard to get people to "Be Saved" or whatever churchy jargon you want to insert, that we neglect to talk about the heart of the matter. It's not as simple as, "Jesus Loves you so much that he died for you..." I mean, thats true, but that doesn't quite say it, does it? I mean that doesn't even begin to explain the way God longs for us to be whole again... The point is that Jesus Christ is the way in which God is reaching out to us in Love, and Hope... Jesus is the expression of God's heart toward us who have turned away from him again and again.
The 'Gospel' is good news because God's patience hasn't worn thin, his heart toward us is still Relentless Love and Hope. Jesus didn't die so that we would feel bad for him, he died so that he could make a statement that would scream into eternity, "I LOVE YOU!" A mighty roar that would drown out all the lies we have been fed from this world. And that statement has been echoing through the universe ever since...
God is not Angry at you.
He just wants you to know that you were made for so much more.
© Tom Brown 2008