The Christ That Satisfies
“And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over” (Matthew 15:37).
In the account of the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus miraculously fed the crowd by multiplying the loaves and fishes. The crowd ate the food and was satisfied physically. But in John’s gospel, Jesus went on to compare the physical satisfaction to spiritual satisfaction that comes through Christ (see John 6:22-59). Jesus said something when He spoke with the Samaritan woman:
“Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life’ ” (John 4:13-14).
Jesus compared the refreshing drink of water that quenches our physical thirst to the spiritual transformation that quenches our spiritual thirst. We live among people on the prowl. They look for fun, excitement and thrills. They think they can find it in the enchantments of this world. But they come up woefully short in their pursuits. James reminds us that the rich man will die in the midst of his pursuits (James 1:11). People are always seeking, searching and looking for that ultimate “fix.”
The church exists to hold out the lifeline, and to point people to the One who satisfies. When people find Christ, their searching ends.
1. We need to demonstrate a life of satisfaction.
In our daily struggle with the world, flesh and the devil, do we radiate a “satisfied” life? Do we only find happiness in the prizes of this world, such as money and fame? We need to drink deeply from the spiritual well provided by God, and then manifest that joy to others who see us.
2. Let go of the spiritual “weights” that holds us back.
The Book of Hebrews admonishes us to part with weights and the sins that drag us down (Hebrews 12:1). People could be “weighed down” by many things, such as stress, desires and material possessions. Whatever keeps us from radiating Christ to a needy world must be set aside. When we discard that weight, the load will be lifted and we will impact lives along the way.
3. Reach out to “weighted” people.
Jesus looked on the multitudes with compassion (Matthew 9:36). He saw their oppression, fears and misery. When we look out of our car windows, what do we see? We should see people with heavy burdens that need to be lifted with the love of God. Let’s shine our lights before others, and demonstrate that we can only find lasting joy and satisfaction in Christ.
Posted on Fri, March 17, 2017
by Sam Petitfils