35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Now I am sure that many of you have seen a snickers commercial before, but vI just wanted to take a trip down memory lane. The snickers commercials are always talking about how a snickers candy bar can satisfy your hunger. And I like a good candy bar as much as the next person, but when I am hungry I need more than some peanuts, caramel, nougat, and chocolate. As a matter of fact, can somebody please tell me what in the world is nougat? I have no idea what it is, but it sure tastes good, but as good as a snickers tastes, it cannot satisfy my hunger. When I am hungry I need to eat some meat, some potatoes, some bread. I need to eat something with some substance. Does anybody in the room know what I am talking about? How many times has a candy bar actually satisfied your hunger? It may have teased your taste buds, but there is no way on God’s green earth that it satisfied your hunger. Speaking of green, how about some collard and mustard greens cooked with a nice fat ham-hock or smoked turkey with some corn bread. Now that would satisfy my hunger. And this satisfaction thing is not just about our hunger.
We want to be satisfied in every area of our lives.
We want to be satisfied with our job.
We want to be satisfied with our salary.
We want to be satisfied with our family.
We want to be satisfied with our health.
We want to be satisfied with our appearance.
We want o be satisfied with our spouse.
We want to be satisfied in the bed room.
We want to be satisfied with our lives.
Maybe that’s why the rolling stones song “I can’t get no satisfaction” was such a popular song because everyone could relate to it, because everyone wants to be satisfied in some way, shape, or form. Well I stopped by this morning to let you know that I know a way that you can be satisfied.
I know a way that you can be fulfilled.
I know a way that you can have the desires of your heart.
I know a way that you can have true satisfaction.
As a matter of fact I know how you can have guaranteed satisfaction.
If you have Jesus in your life, satisfaction guaranteed.
If you are saved, satisfaction guaranteed.
If you’re a born again believer, satisfaction guaranteed.
If you are a member in the fraternity or sorority of the twice born, satisfaction guaranteed.
You don’t believe me lets look at the text. In John 6:35 Jesus is talking to some Jews that had followed Him after He performed the miracle of feeding 5,000 men, plus women, and children with two fish and five loaves of bread. They were asking Him how they could do the work of God? He told them your work is to believe in the one He sent. Somehow they got on the topic of manna, and claimed that Moses gave it to them in the desert. Jesus corrected them by saying that God provided the manna then as He is providing it for you now. Jesus was trying to explain to them that manna only fills their physical needs but God wants to fill there spiritual needs. So the Jews say, give us this bread. To which Jesus responds, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. Someone say satisfaction guaranteed. Jesus was basically telling the Jews if you will believe in me you will never be thirsty or hungry again. In other words, I will satisfy all of your needs. Now when Jesus makes this statement He is not referring to physical hunger and thirst, although He can and will satisfy those needs as well, but He was referring to their spiritual needs. You see all of us walk around with a hole in our hearts that can only be filled by Jesus. We walk around with this unexplainable thirst and hunger that can only be satisfied by God. Jesus the Christ says, Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. He is basically saying, satisfaction is guaranteed!
So throughout the month of August we will be talking about how life with Jesus satisfies us, and not only does it satisfy us, but that satisfaction is guaranteed. So why is this satisfaction guaranteed? Well simply put, satisfaction is guaranteed because God loves us. Jesus loves me this I know…. John 3:16 states it as plain as day. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. Now we quote this scripture all the time. Well, I know that I quote this scripture all the time. It is one of the most quoted scriptures in the Bible because it displays so eloquently how much God loves us. It’s the gospel in a nutshell! I mean He loved us so much that He sent His only son to die, so that we could live. If that’s not love I don’t know what is. But today let’s take a closer look at the context in which this text was written. At the beginning of this chapter we see that a man named Nicodemus a ruler of the Jews came to see Jesus in the middle of the night. He came in the middle of the night because he wanted to believe that Jesus was the Messiah, but he didn’t want the other Jewish leaders to know what he was up to. He wanted to keep it on the DL. He wanted to keep it on the down low. That’s why Nic came at night. You’ll get that one on you’re way home. So Nicodemus began his conversation with Jesus using flattery, which Jesus could care less about. And Jesus said unless a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. And Nicodemus responded how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time in his mother’s womb and be born? Jesus said a man must be born of the water and the spirit to see the kingdom of God. In this statement Jesus was referring to water and spiritual baptism. That which is born of the flesh is flesh but that which is born of the spirit is spirit. Jesus went on to tell Nicodemus that the spirit is like the wind no one can tell where it comes from but we know that it exists. And Nic is like, how can this be? Jesus said you are a leader and you don’t know these things. If I tell you earthly things and you don’t believe, how can I tell you spiritual things to believe? Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness the son of man must be lifted up. And whosever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. And here comes the best part. For God so loved the world…. Now the word love used here in the Greek is agapao. To love in the New Testament refers to the active love of God for His son and His people. The active love His people should have for God, each other, and even their enemies. This form of love appears in the Bible over 140 times. God loves us actively! Meaning He just does not say that He loves us, He shows us that He loves us. That sounds good Pastor Brian. God actively loves us. I think we already knew that. So in the words of Tina Turner, “what’s love got to do with it?” I am so glad you asked. Our satisfaction is guaranteed because God loves us, and because God loves us three things happen.
The first thing that happens because God loves us is we get God’s attention, as a matter of fact we always have God’s attention. There is not a second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, moment, or season that we are not on God’s mind. We had to be on His mind for Him to inspire John to write for God so loved the world…. And if we are on God’s mind then we have His attention. Think about that for a moment. When something is on your mind, that thing has your attention. No matter how hard you try to focus on something else, when something or someone enters your mind they have your attention. And I believe it is the same way with God. And because we have His attention the following three things happen.
He acknowledges us. He let’s us know that our presence is known to him. That we matter. That we are important. There is nothing worse than going somewhere whether it be a party, the doctor’s office, a place of business, a meeting or other social event, and no one acknowledges your presence. They just go on about their business as if you’re not even there. And it makes you feel small, unimportant, and unwanted and no one likes to be treated that way and no one deserves to be treated that way. For my birthday one year we went to Red Robin…. No one acknowledged me…. But I am so glad that we serve a God that acknowledges us. That He loves us. That our satisfaction is guaranteed.
But not only does He acknowledge us. He answers us. Jesus says it best in Matthew 7:7-8 ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; the one who knocks, the door will be open. In other words, God will answer you. Jesus on the main line tell him what you want. You just call hm up and tell him what you want. Is there anybody in the room excited about the fact that you serve a God that answers you!
So He will acknowledge us. He will answer us. Then He affirms us. Affirm means to state as a fact, assert strongly and publicly. God so loved the world… Can it be stated and stronger or factual than that. To declare one’s support for, to uphold, or defend. He is a refuge in the time a trouble. The righteous run in and are safe. He is a strong tower. The battle is not yours it belongs to the Lord. To offer someone emotional support in the time of trouble. This is my God, the friend that sticks closer than a brother. He affirms us! Is there anyone in the room today that can testify to the fact that the God we serve loves us so much that He acknowledges us, He answers us, and He affirms us. That is why our satisfaction is guaranteed!
So first we get God’s attention. Secondly, we get God’s affection. Affection is the way in which we display our love for one another. It’s that PDA.
Public Display of Affection.
Holding hands, kissing, and hugging.
Walking down the street with your hands in one another’s pockets, smooching, and making out.
All of those things that human beings do to display their feelings for the person they love. And God shows us affection as well, but He does it in a different way. Here is how God shows his affection for us.
He answers for us. What are you talking about preacher?
We owed the debt for sin.
We messed up.
We fell short.
We back slid.
We fell off the wagon.
We lost control.
But Jesus paid the debt.
He went to the cross.
He shed his blood.
He died for us.
He answered for us.
It’s like the time when you broke the lamp in the living room and your brother or sister took the blame. Jesus took the blame for us. Because God loves us we get His affection and He answers for us.
So He answers for us. Then He arises for us. Not only did He die for us, but three days later He rose from the dead with all power in His hands. He defeated death on the cross, and because He defeated death on the cross we shall live and not die. Yes these mortal bodies will pass away, but as I told you before, earth is just a rest stop. We are just passing through. We get to spend eternity with God because He loves us and He arises for us.
So He answers for us. He arises for us. Then He asks for us. After His life, death, and resurrection Jesus ascended into heaven and He intercedes for us. Check this out SCC Family, because of the Holy Spirit living within us we have been adopted into the kingdom of God and we call Him Abba Father. We are the children of God. We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. Meaning not only is God our father, but Jesus is our brother and He asks God for us. He puts in a good word for us. He vouches for us. So as we pray to the father, our brother is whispering in His ear on our behalf. He loves us so He asks for us and our satisfaction is guaranteed.
Our satisfaction is guaranteed because God loves us, and because God loves us we get His attention. Because God loves us we get His affection. Last but not least, because God loves us we get His action. Look at the very next verse John 3:17. We don’t talk about the next verse too much so lets check it out. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. If we believe in the love that God has shown us we receive God’s action. His action was in the sending of His son. In other words He moves on our behalf. He acts in equipping us to do all that He has called us to do. We see His action in the following three ways.
He approaches us. In other words, He introduces Himself to us. Through some way, shape, form, or person He let’s us know that He loves us.
He let’s us know that He sent Jesus to die so that we could live. He let’s us know that there is nothing that He won’t do for us.
He let’s us know that He will never leave us or forsake us.
He approaches us.
So He approaches us. Then He appoints us. Isn’t this what He did to Paul on the road to Damascus. He approaches Paul by knocking him off his high horse literally. Jesus says, why are you persecuting me? Paul says who are you? And He says it’s me Jesus the one you’ve been persecuting. He approaches Paul. Then the Lord told him to arise and go into the city and you will be told what to do. He appoints Paul. And He appoints us too. How many times has God told you what to do?
How many times has God laid something on your heart?
How many times has God given you a burden?
This is God appointing you.
So God approaches us. Then God appoints us. And then God anoints us. Now it is great that God approaches us. It is wonderful that God appoints us. But is there anybody in the room excited about the fact that God anoints us to do exactly what he approached and appointed us to do! I don’t know about anyone else, I can only speak for myself, but I am slap happy that the Lord anoints us to do what He’s calls us to do. Because there is absolutely positively no way that I could do anything without the power of the anointing in and on my life.
It is the anointing that breaks the yoke.
It’s the anointing that makes the impossible possible.
It’s the anointing that changes situations.
It’s the anointing that gives us power to walk right.
It’s the anointing that gives us power to talk right.
It’s the anointing that gives us power to do right.
It’s the anointing that gives us power to act right.
It’s the anointing that gives us power to live right .
Is there anybody in the room excited about the anointing!
Look at your neighbor and tell them satisfaction guaranteed! And satisfaction is guaranteed because God loves us. And because God loves us we get His attention, we get His affection, and we get His action.
Here are a couple definitions of satisfaction. Payment through penance of the temporal punishment incurred by a sin. Reparation for sin that meets the demands of divine justice. The penalty for our sin was death, but Jesus satisfied our debt for our sin. It also means the fulfillment of a want or need. The quality or state of being satisfied.
So I have a question this morning, is anybody in the room satisfied with Jesus?
Is there anybody in the room that has had a need met, a want fulfilled, or a debt paid by God?
But it gets even better than that. Not only does God satisfy us as He teaches in John 6:35, but this satisfaction is guaranteed.
A guarantee is a formal promise or assurance typically in writing that certain conditions will be fulfilled. A guarantee is a promise and this guarantee has been made by God and written in the Bible. So that means that we can take it to the bank. It is check that will not bounce. There are sufficient funds in God’s account. Satisfaction is guaranteed in every area of our lives because God loves us. What are you talking about preacher? Let show you what I’m talking about.
Kicked to the curb life
Midlife crisis life
Out of control life
It does not matter what kind of life you lived or are living if you surrender to the Lord your satisfaction is guaranteed.
How do you know preacher?
I know because I am satisfied with God!
God has never let me down.
God has always been there for me.
God has healed my body.
God has kept my mind.
God has walked with me through bereavement.
God has encouraged me when I couldn’t encourage myself.
God has loved me when I didn’t want to love myself.
God saw in me when I couldn’t see myself.
God has forgiven me for all of my sin.
God has turned my life around.
God has blessed me beyond measure.
God has protected me and my family…
And every single day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before!
So I am satisfied with my God. There is a song by Luther Barnes that says…
I am so satisfied.
I am so satisfied with my Savior.
He means more to me than anything, anything that this world
Could ever offer.
I am so satisfied.
I am so satisfied with my Savior.
He means more to me than anything,
Anything that this world could ever offer me.
I’m satisfied with the way that He cares for me.
And how He makes a way when there seems to be no hope for me.
And yes I’m satisfied with the joy He placed within my soul.
And how He helps me to bear my heavy load.
He’s so wonderful. He’s so merciful.
He looks out for me even though I’m not all that I should be.
And what makes Him so very special is the fact that He gave
His very life for me.
What more, what more, what more can I say?
As a matter of fact, falling in love with Jesus is the best thing I’ve ever done! Why because in his arms I feel protected and there’s no place I’d rather be. Satisfaction is guaranteed!