Jesus Christ and the Argument from Desire

We live in a world that’s so unique. Life around us is blooming with spectacular wonders and phenomenal sights. In addition, we also live in an abundant society where hard work pays off by indulging in various fancies that bring us pleasure for a moment. After that, we continue to crave something else and repeat the cycle continuously. Yes, all of these are great things to absorb, but when their temporal pleasure has fleeted, what will be the next “thing” one fills in their life?

There has to be a matching infinite in value and eternal object to satisfy this desire. We’ve tried and tested all the finite materials, so surely they don’t supply the answer to fulfill our ultimate desire.

I think the argument from desire points to the frailty of the human condition very clearly. It shows us that something within we crave. It’s natural. It’s that internal sense of want that’s built-in which we seek the missing piece to fulfill this desire.

Not a very scientific or apologetically robust as some of the more prominent arguments for God, the desired argument gets to the point of Jesus Christ and the offer he extends.

Although many haven’t sought Jesus, his invitation to fellowship has been extended. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus declares some profound benefits about his invitation to fellowship. Within his invitation is the assurance of rest for those that labor and are heavy laden (28). To ensure that they were meticulously adhering to God’s law, tons of interpretations were added by the Pharisees and scribes which resulted in burdensome rules and regulations that people had to follow to have a relationship with God. Jesus in his invitation is telling the Jews, “look, you’re shackled by all of these strict interpretations and rules of my Father’s law from the Pharisees, but I have come to release you from the complex demands.”

Furthermore, within Jesus’ invitation, is the declaration, “take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (29-30). In agriculture societies, the yoke is a beam like a harness that joins cattle which is fastened by another piece of equipment they pull to plow. Jesus is informing people about being “yoked” or attached to heavy loads and burdens that hold them down.

We jump from a desire to desire thinking with each one we’re closer to satisfaction and completion. Instead of searching for God, we make excuses or just grow complacent in our own beliefs. But the promise from Christ is that he is willing to trade that heavy 50,000lbs yoke with one that is easy and light. Once you are harnessed with Christ, the yoke of abundant life becomes available.

Jesus’ invitation still stands firm today as it was 2000 years ago. He alone offers the real essence of life and anything apart from that is truly counterfeit. There are really two options: either we continuously search for that unmet desire by filling ourselves with artificial cultural ones or seek after God, who provides the supreme fulfillment for all meaning, truth, and purpose.

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