The Jews of Jesus day were practicing a very soul-killing spirituality, a lifeless religion of duty and obligation. Desire was out of the question. No wonder they feared Jesus.
Jesus, the Messiah, came along and started appealing to desire. Jesus, the Messiah, arouses passion in us. Jesus stirs our soul for longing.
To the weary, Jesus speaks of rest. To the lost, he speaks of finding your way.
Again and again and again, Jesus takes people back to their desires. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7).
These are outrageous words, provocative words. Ask, seek, knock—these words invite and arouse desire.
What is it that you want? They fall on deaf ears if there is nothing you want, nothing you’re looking for, nothing you’re hungry enough to bang on a door over.