Band-Aids and the Gospel

In Ecclesiastes Solomon says that God has placed eternity in the hearts of men (Chapter 3).  There is a chasm in our hearts from the day we are born that leaves us grasping for anything to fulfill that abyss.  Since our soul yearns and groans for something greater and this seems to be an insatiable desire leaving us perpetually eating cotton candy when what we need is a Thanksgiving Dinner.  More so, it is like putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound.

So we create our idols as band-aids.  

Whether it is school, going to church, friendships, girlfriend/boyfriend, rugged individualism, religion, food, drink, football, we create idols of even good things.  We make them ultimate.  Our affections are stirred for created things which never fulfill.  However, our soul longs for more.  It needs to have something tangible to hold on to.  Our soul must be filled somehow.  The only thing that fills this chasm in our soul is the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Jesus, the great surgeon, comes alongside us and instead of watching us drown in our own blood from our self-inflicted gunshot wound, gets to work with us on the operating table.  He removes the joke of our attempt to stop the bleeding.  He winces with us because he understands.  Throwing the band-aid away he begins cutting.  Cutting away the dead skin, removing the bullet, sewing us back up so that we can be whole again.  It hurts, but think of the future when we can run, play, laugh, eat, talk without having to worry about the whole in our chest.  “I know it hurts.  Trust me I know.  But this pain cannot be compared to the joy to be had in being made whole.”

He is the only one able to aptly fix our wounds. Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies, became like us but did not lose His divinity, never sinned, He takes our sin, He gives us His righteousness, all by way of the Cross and His resurrection.
This is the Gospel.

Our deep affections, instead of pointing towards anything and everything else, are to be stirred, are to be moved, towards the work and person of Jesus Christ. He is the ONLY being for which our deepest affections deserve to lie.

So turn your affections back towards Jesus.  Turn them back towards the Christ.  Turn them back towards the God that, because of His goodness, demands them. When our affections point rightly in the direction of the Gospel.  When we keep the person and work of Jesus at the center of our vision.  When we fight sin (through the power of the Spirit), we can draw nearer and press into Christ.

It is in Christ, in the Gospel, that we find not only true joy but more importantly something greater than the endless vain pursuits.  We find true redemption.

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6 comments on “Band-Aids and the Gospel
  1. Jen Yach says:

    Thanks for speaking truth into my life today. Thanks God for working through Chris.

  2. Emilee says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog. Quite refreshing to read such deep and pensive thoughts on things that truly matter. Your enthusiastic craving for more of the Lord seeps through your posts.

    Keep on keeping on, brother. Press into all that God has for you. Dream of a world that genuinely grasps the Gospel and the concept of redemption. And continue partnering with God to see lost people saved, hope restored, and justice prevailed.

    “On earth as it is in heaven.”

  3. Derek Hiebert says:

    Jesus is truly amazing to be not only our surgeon, but also our substitute taking the ultimate wound of God’s wrath and condemnation that we deserved, and drawing us to our Father in complete love and acceptance. His work for us is so satisfying and almost ‘too good to be true’.

    Thanks for your heart speaking truth, Chris.

    • Chris Lash says:

      You are very correct. Jesus is different entirely from any analogy or metaphor we could propose because of the miraculous and transcendence of His work on the cross. Yet what also blows my mind is the intimate relationship Christ has with the human race. He suffered for and along with us to secure that substitution.

      Thanks for reading this! Praise God.

  4. taylor says:

    “He winces with us because he understands.”
    So many times we are quick to point a finger at God and question how He could let us endure pain in this life, forgetting He gave the ultimate sacrifice on the cross with Jesus who endured the wrath of God for us. It can be frightening for all of us sometimes to let Jesus in to that role as surgeon of our hearts when letting Him in can mean incredible vulnerability and pain for the wounds His hands must enter into to truly heal. Yet this fear is cast out in His perfect love and the treasure we gain in the gift of Christ.

    How could our affections be stirred anywhere else but towards the cross if we truly understood the messy but incredible work He is doing within us to make us whole one day?

    “It is in Christ, in the Gospel, that we find not only true joy but more importantly something greater than the endless vain pursuits. We find true redemption.”

    Amen. Love the posts.

    • Chris Lash says:

      Thanks Taylor!
      I appreciate you reading through my posts.
      And that is so true.
      We forget, or simply dont care, that pain, suffering, and sin struck at the heart of the Trinity when Jesus took humanity onto himself in the incarnation. The Trinity was truly affected by becoming one with mankind (Eph 1).
      This has profound implications for suffering, it means that He understands and grieves alongside us.

      Keep reading!

      I look forward to meeting you when we get to camp.
      Chris

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