Jesus satisfies

Compared to being in Christ, the world will always be less filling. Those who imbibe will never find satisfaction in the flesh.

In Christ, however, we find the fulfillment that resonates throughout our entire existence.

Questions arise and we seek worldly answers only to find them hopelessly confused and misleading. In Christ, the Word, the fog clears and our paths become bright and inviting.

We breathe deep in the wealth of beauty around us and confidently continue on our way.

In John 6, we find Jesus embroiled in a discussion with the Jews. He feeds the multitudes and they continue to follow him for more bread. He tries to turn their minds toward the spiritual but they cannot overcome their physical limitations.

Jesus brings up the manna, given to God’s people (Exodus 16:13-21,26-27Exodus 16:13-21,26-27
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HTTP/1.0 200 OK Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:22:19 GMT Server: LiteSpeed Connection: close Content-Type: text/html 13 It happened at evening that quail came up and covered the camp; and in the morning the dew lay around the camp. 14 When the dew that lay had gone, behold, on the surface of the wilderness was a small round thing, small as the hoar-frost on the ground. 15 When the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, “What is it?” For they didn’t know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread which Yahweh has given you to eat.” 16 This is the thing which Yahweh has commanded: “Gather of it everyone according to his eating; an omer a head, according to the number of your persons, shall you take it, every man for those who are in his tent.” 17 The children of Israel did so, and gathered some more, some less. 18 When they measured it with an omer, he who gathered much had nothing over, and he who gathered little had no lack. They gathered every man according to his eating. 19 Moses said to them, “Let no one leave of it until the morning.” 20 Notwithstanding they didn’t listen to Moses, but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and became foul: and Moses was angry with them. 21 They gathered it morning by morning, everyone according to his eating. When the sun grew hot, it melted. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day is the Sabbath. In it there shall be none.” 27 It happened on the seventh day, that some of the people went out to gather, and they found none.

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7 The manna was like coriander seed, and the appearance of it as the appearance of bdellium. 8 The people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in mortars, and boiled it in pots, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil. 9 When the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it.

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). Yet, Israel rejected this gift in ages past and failed to understand the larger spiritual blessings. They were still wrapped up in themselves and their physical desires.

“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst’” (John 6:35John 6:35
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35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

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If they would think spiritually, they would see the enormous opportunities before them and how it would transform their world (Romans 12:1-2Romans 12:1-2
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12 1 Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.

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). They saw only the Manna and not that it was a type of what was to come.

Manna was a spiritual blessing with a physical manifestation. Yet, they only saw the latter. In Jesus’ day, nothing had changed.

The manna paved the way for the true bread of heaven, which stood before them as God in the flesh (John 1:1-5,14John 1:1-5,14
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The Gospel According to John 1 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome The word translated “overcome” can also be translated “comprehended.” It refers to getting a grip on an enemy to defeat him. it. 14 The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.

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If they would come to Jesus, they would find the absolute satisfaction that they sought (John 6:37,44-45,65John 6:37,44-45,65
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HTTP/1.0 200 OK Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:23:57 GMT Server: LiteSpeed Connection: close Content-Type: text/html 37 All those who the Father gives me will come to me. Him who comes to me I will in no way throw out. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who hears from the Father, and has learned, comes to me. 65 He said, “For this cause have I said to you that no one can come to me, unless it is given to him by my Father.”

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). Jesus calls us away from the “old life with its beggarly famine and its total inability to satisfy.”/1

Jesus says that in him, we will never, never hunger or thirst spiritually. He will completely satisfy us, for all-time. Nothing within the fleshly world can compare (John 4:13-14John 4:13-14
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13 Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

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Once we find the source of fulfillment (John 14:6John 14:6
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6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.

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25 Therefore, I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they? 27 “Which of you, by being anxious, can add one cubit to the measure of his life? 28 Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin, 29 yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won’t he much more clothe you, you of little faith? 31 “Therefore don’t be anxious, saying, ‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘With what will we be clothed?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore don’t be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day’s own evil is sufficient.

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In him, we have all blessings (Ephesians 1:3Ephesians 1:3
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3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ;

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). Our core emptiness is gone because we have given our lives to him (Revelation 3:20Revelation 3:20
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20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me.

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Come to the Lord to be filled today!

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1/ Leon Morris, “The Gospel According to John” (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1971), 367.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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