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The Hunger that Satisfies

The world promises a "filling" that never satisfies; Jesus gives a hunger that truly satisfies.


We all want to be happy. And Jesus tells us how. In Matthew 5:6, Jesus says, "Blessed [or happy] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." If you were quickly reading through your Bible and you ran across this verse, you might say, "I'm not exactly sure what this means, but it has a nice, poetic sound to it. It's got a nice roll and a contrast that would be nice to put on a plaque or poster or Hallmark card." But that response would be like picking up a stick of dynamite and saying, "Look at this pretty little red toy! It's even got a string to swing it with!" because this poetic saying is designed to go off and blow up our tidy assumptions about life. It may sound poetic, but it's actually subversive. You say, "Well, how dangerous can it really be? It doesn't even seem to make sense. It's saying that those who hunger will be satisfied, but by definition, if you're hungry you're not satisfied—you're hungry." All you're thinking is, Must get to the refrigerator. Need food. You're not satisfied.

Insatiable hunger

Before I went in college, I went on a three-week wilderness adventure program called The Solo. They put you out in the woods by yourself for three days, and they gave you enough water and a tent (kind of like a tarp), but that's all you had. You didn't have food. I had these romantic notions of seeing a wild turkey and catching it with a stick, but that didn't happen. The second night I was out there, I was dreaming, and here's the dream I had: I was at a picnic, and there was an enormous bowl of potato salad. It was as big as a washtub and as deep, and I was scarfing it down. I woke up so happy, until it hit me: Oh, shoot. No more food. That dream wasn't real. ...

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Kevin Miller is pastor of Church of the Savior in Wheaton, Illinois,

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Sermon Outline:


I. Insatiable hunger

II. What is righteousness?

III. Personal righteousness

IV. Social or global righteousness