"No men in the world want help like them that want the gospel. Of all distresses, want of the gospel cries loudest for relief. A man may want liberty, and yet be happy, as Joseph was: a man may want peace, and yet be happy, as David was: a man may want children, and yet be happy, as Job was: a man may want plenty, and yet be full of comfort, as Micaiah was: but he that wants the gospel, wants every thing that should do him good. A throne, without the gospel, is but the devil's dungeon: wealth, without the gospel, is but fuel for hell: advancement, without the gospel, is but going high to have the greater fall. What do men need that want the gospel?
They want Jesus Christ, for He is revealed only by the gospel. He is all in all, and where He is wanting there can be no good. Hunger cannot truly be satisfied without manna, the bread of life, which is Jesus Christ: and what shall a hungry man do that hath no bread? Thirst cannot be quenched without that living spring, which is Jesus Christ: and what shall a thirsty soul do without water? A captive, as we all are, cannot be delivered without redemption, which is Christ Jesus: and what shall the prisoner do without his ransom? Fools, as we all are, cannot be instructed without wisdom, which is Jesus Christ: without Him, we perish in our folly. All building without Him is on the sand, which will surely fall. All working without Him is in the fire, where it will be consumed. All riches without Him have wings, and will fly away. A dungeon with Christ is a throne, and a throne without Christ is a hell. Nothing so ill but Christ will compensate. All mercies without Christ are bitter, and every cup is sweet that is seasoned with but a drop of His blood: He is truly the love and delight of the sons of men, without whom they must perish eternally, for there is no other name given unto them whereby they may be saved.
He is the Way; men without Him are Cains, wanderers and vagabonds: He is the Truth; men without Him are liars, like the devil who was so of old: He is the Life, men without Him are dead, dead in trespasses and sins: He is the Light; men without Him are in darkness, and go they know not whither: He is the Vine; those that are not grafted in Him are withered branches, prepared for the fire: He is the Rock; men not built on Him are carried away with a flood: He is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last: the Author and Ender, the Founder and Finisher of our salvation: he that hath not Him, hath neither beginning of good, nor shall have an end of misery.
O blessed Jesus, how much better were it not to be, than to be without Thee! Never to be born than not to die in Thee! A thousand hells come short of this-eternally to want Jesus, as men do that want the gospel."