I’ve heard it said and I’ve said it myself: “Something is missing.” The thought of something purposeful missing from this life is something we all experience. I think every heart, at one point or another, feels this aching separation from what’s true and significant. I believe this emptiness is true joy in God and this is true whether we suppress it or not. The human heart was designed by God to desire God above all things. But, as partakers in our fathers sin, we fell into a hopeless condition of sinfulness, which leads to death. By nature, we exchange the glory of God for images, idols, and selfish desires. We were created to treasure and worship the Creator, but the reality of sin is that we don’t.
“One trespass led to condemnation for all men.” Romans 5:18
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
We seek self-pleasure only to want more. We live for self-glory only to be left empty and unsatisfied. But every last heart on earth is a template that is only completed with the glory of God; He is the One satisfying fulfillment of our hearts true desire. Yet, in our sinful condition we reject God, and in his righteous judgement he pays us our wage (Romans 6:23). The very character of God should cause us to fall on our faces in fear and trembling, but our hearts live in blindness to his great value and worth.
But God, in his wisdom, love, and mercy, reveals to us his glory, our wretchedness, and his Son — our Savior.
“The wisdom of God made a way for the love of God to satisfy the wrath of God without compromising the justice of God.” John Piper
There is one hope that causes the blind to see, and that hope is in our salvation given by the blood of Jesus Christ. This is the Good News, the Gospel — in which the holy and righteous God sent his one and only (perfect) Son to the cross reserved for sinners, and by absorbing the wrath of God that belonged to us he has purchased for us, through faith, a life forever with God. In Jesus, our sin is condemned (Romans 8:3) and we are reconciled into his family. Not only is God’s wrath absolved, but we have new hearts that desire and agree with God’s holiness. There is no longer condemnation. There is no longer lack of purpose. There is only God and those he is for in Christ Jesus.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5