There are many answers to the question in our heading, but the most frequent is to say: I need Jesus because I love Him. It would be great that we all need Jesus because in Him we discover that we are totally miserable, but the truth is that people seek Jesus for different reasons and seeking Him for love is the last of them.
Remember that when Jesus was in the world, many people followed Him for the miracles that He produced, others for the distribution of fish and bread, others to discuss issues of the law of Moses and thus find a way to make Him stumble and then accuse Him, also there were His 12 disciples and some pious women who looked for Him beyond all that He could do.
What group of people do we belong to? Do we only need Jesus to solve our problems, when we are sick, when we are in shortage? Do we only need the words of Jesus to debate some theological subject and then presume that we are endowed with all science? Why do we need Jesus?
The apostle Peter made the most profound statement in the 4 Gospels and this resulted when Jesus asked His disciples if they also wanted to leave and Peter answered:
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Let’s see, Pedro did not say: “Who will we go to if only you can solve our problems?” “Who will we go to if only you can heal us?” “Who will we go to if only you can give us bread and fish?” No! Peter could see with great clarity the meaning of following Jesus, which goes beyond the physical things we can obtain from Him.
In Jesus we understand how miserable we are, in Him we understand how much we need God and His Word is enough for us, a precious Word that gives us life and frees us from our chains.
Jesus is more than a healer, Jesus is our Savior and in Him we can live confidently.