a11. You’re All I Need

Jason Dowty | August 9, 2018

The song title says it all – Jesus Christ is all we need; there is no other way.

While this isn’t the first song I wrote, it’s the first one I really shared with anyone and, while the lyrics and tune are quite simplistic, the message is the essence of scripture and what’s needed for salvation: Christ alone.

The song can probably be best summed up in two verses: Psalm 16-9: ‘You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands’ and Acts 4-12: ‘And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved’.

As the first line of the song states, we were lost before finding Jesus, strangers divided from God by a great sea. As Ephesians 2:12 puts it: ‘Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world’.

Thanks to the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, we have thrown off our chains and tasted freedom. Nothing we do could repair the relationship between sinful man and The Father; only Jesus’s perfect offering can truly satisfy. Jeremiah 31:25 reads: “For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish’.

We could not hope to achieve righteousness through the law or works. Our only hope is to clothe ourselves in the perfect righteousness of Christ, covering our sin, once and for all (thus he is the righteousness on which we feed): Corinthians 5-21: ‘He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.’

By accepting Christ as our saviour we become willing, humble servants, knowing that serving him is not a burden but a blessing. As Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”