Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a report concerning him went out through all the surrounding country.
You can ask the question in two ways, you could say; Who needs the power of the Spirit? Or you could say quite simply: Who needs Jesus? There was a time when it would have been almost unthinkable to even ask the question, but these days, more and more people are not asking, the are simply stating, as a matter of fact, who needs Jesus?
It is not a new thing, Karl Marx said that "religion is the opium of the people." That is it dulls the pains of life. Several hundred years earlier, Christopher Marlow called religion a childish toy. In the 60Ďs and 70ís it was said that it was a crutch, the only people who needed it were cripples. What we are hearing today, is nothing new, he have long known that if you canís see your sins, you donít see a need for a savior. People listened to Jesus, and gathered around Jesus because they saw their need, they saw their sins, they saw they were poor, miserable and also sinners. They gathered around Jesus because they saw in Him, the cure to all that ailed them.
Why do we have so many people saying these days Ė Who needs Jesus? Probably its because we have come to a time of great lawlessness, a time when everything is relative, a time when many people believe that what is right, is what you can get away with. For we live in a time when most of the answers to lifeís problems boil down to the very simple words: "You need more." What more, may vary, but the worldís universal promise is that if you had more, then all your problems would be resolved.
It is not hard to look at ourselves and see that someone else, might have something that we donít Ė Iím just not certain why we think that if only we had it, everything would be better.
Who needs Jesus? To answer that question, you must hear what it is that Jesus has brought. If you donít know what the gift is, how do you know you donít need it?
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion Ė
to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.
Aliens shall stand and feed your flocks, foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;
but you shall be called the priests of the LORD,
men shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;
you shall eat the wealth of the nations, and in their riches you shall glory.