Sermon on June 30th, 2019, "8 Keys to Lasting Happiness And Fulfillment: Being Hungry & Thirsty

August 4, 2019

The sermon from Matthew, Chapter 5:6 was not recorded. Below you will find an outline/summary notes of the sermon:

 

“8 Keys to Lasting Happiness And Fulfillment: Being Hungry & Thirsty”

Matthew 5:6 @ Statenville Baptist Church by: Ryan Powell on 06/30/19

 

Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they shall be satisfied.” (ESV)

 

I. Introduction

 

Illustration: Jesus feeding the 5,000 (John 5) & his response to the reason they followed.

 

John 6:25–26, “When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.”

 

John 6:31–35, “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

 

-Jesus has the confidence to say he is the only one in the universe that can truly sustain/fill every person on planet earth.

 

II. The Foundation of All the Beatitudes

 

-We are led to this beatitude because we have been acquainted with the others

 

Illustration: The process of climbing Mount Everest in Nepal

-Your body must become acquainted with the elevation at each stopping point or base camp before proceeding further.

 

-I’m not saying one is only poor in spirit and at some point adds a mournfulness over their sin, then adds meekness to their life, and so on.

-These beatitudes all encompass the disciple of Jesus at once and are ever growing.

-I’m merely pointing out that as those who climb Everest cannot go from the first base camp to the summit in one day, we cannot be those who hunger and thirst after righteousness without breathing the air of “poverty of spirit,” “sorrow over sin,” and a “meekness in character”

 

III. What is meant by righteousness?

 

-Righteousness is a term that implies being perfectly in line with God and his standard, which is most profoundly stated in the 10 commandments.

-The measurement of our own righteousness can quickly be seen in our inability to measure up to his standard of perfection.

-The entire Bible’s message centers around this question, “How can a Holy and Righteous (or perfect) God, pardon or forgive lawbreakers like you and me?”

-We see in the commandments the inability to meet his standard. If anything we see we fall infinitely short and all of our attempts to be righteous on our own ignore the fact we have already been stained with sin.

 

Illustration: A Leper trying to cloth themselves with the finest silk garment

-The result is the garment is stained because their skin is bloody with pus and open sores

 

“All our righteousness are as a polluted garment” ~Isaiah 64:6

 

“Though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me, declares the LORD God.” ~Jeremiah 2:22

 

How then, can Jesus say to hunger and thirst for something that we cannot achieve?

-It is because the righteousness he speaks of is found in him and no other.

 

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” ~2 Corinthians 5:21

 

-Therefore, the root of this beatitude is found in dependence and reliance on the righteousness of another, Jesus himself. That is why Jesus ends the Sermon with what he says in Matthew 7:24-27.

 

-This beatitude doesn’t teach that if you just hunger and thirst for good things and avoid the bad things you will be satisfied. That is impossible!

-If anything you will either become puffed up with pride thinking you have achieved some level of goodness as compared to others, or miserable because you know you cannot achieve this. So, on the one hand the person become depressed, not satisfied. On the other hand, the person might have some level of person satisfaction but it is based upon his or her own performance and is misplaced.

 

IV. How are we to pursue this righteousness? By hungering & thirsting for Jesus

 

-It is not just our position as those made righteous by God through Jesus’ perfect life, death, and resurrection, but rightly is our pursuit of him.

-In the context here it is referencing how ones lives as Jesus as their treasure and their ultimate pursuit, which can be seen from 5:10,20; 6:33.

-They live this way not because they are forced but because they want to.

-They live this way not to convince him to love them but because he loved them even when they were sinners (i.e. 2 wonders here that I confess…)

 

“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God..” ~Psalm 42:1-2

 

“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 4:14

 

A.  Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness is a Sign of Life

 

-If this statement says anything to describe the disciples of Jesus it is this: They are alive!

-You cannot have hunger if you are dead. Life produces hunger.

-One of the first things that happens to a baby when he or she comes out of the mother’s womb is they want to be fed.

-How much of life is in eating and drinking because we need to fill out bodies with that which can satisfy the sensation of hunger in our stomachs and quench our thirst.

-People need to hunger and thirst for something specific, that there is only one choice in the matter, not a buffet of opportunities to satisfy him. Unfortunately, man chooses the creation rather than the Creator (Rom. 1).

-The amount of people in this world that hunger and thirst after righteousness is in proportion to those who are truly alive.

 

“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—3 if indeed you have tasted that the LORD is good…” ~1 Peter 2:2-3

 

V. Where does this righteousness lead us? To become totally satisfied/filled by Jesus

 

“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” ~Jeremiah 31:25

 

“he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate, he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty…”

~Luke 1:52,53

 

A. Satisfaction can be tasted in this life, though it finds ultimate fulfillment in the next.

 

Chortazomai, “fully satisfied” or “full”

-A word that was typically used for fattened animals as in Matthew 14:20 (And they all ate and were satisfied) or in Revelation 19:21 (and all the birds were gorged with their flesh).

-Some commentators point to the wedding banquet of heaven but the context would mean it is a satisfaction that can be achieved in the here and now, not just in the future.

-This brings us back to the point of Jesus talking to the 5,000 he fed.

 

OBJECTION ?: -How then can I enjoy ______ if I’m called to be satisfied in him alone.

-You enjoy all things in and through him and when he takes them all away his is enough.

 

 

VI. Conclusion Questions

 

  1. He was hungry and thirsty that you might not be.

-God has no needs…he made himself needy to ultimately meet your greatest need.

 

  1. Have you come to a place where you hunger and thirst for God or is this completely lacking?

 

 

 

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