"Satisfied In Jesus, When The Cross Of Calvary Is Enough"

"Satisfied In Jesus, When The Cross Of Calvary Is Enough"

Throughout the course of history, up until the present day 21st century, we see mankind pursuing a variety of things, ultimately aiming for satisfaction in some area or another.
Look  back into the Garden of Eden in Genesis. Adam and Eve had the sweet fellowship and love of their creator. They had the BEST of all provision that anyone could ask for. BUT that didn’t seem to be enough! It’s important to make the distinction here that Adam and Eve were perfect creations, but they were not like God. There is no form of creation, that is as equal to or as high as God, and this truth is what Satan used to disintegrate their all satisfying world. Just as he does to us, Satan placed a pocket of doubt in their relationship with God.

I believe that there was a sort of satisfaction, or at least an extremely rich appeal in the promise that Satan made. He promised Adam and Eve that they’d be just as God knowing good and evil, but Adam and Eve forfeited pondering the consequences that this kind of knowledge would produce. Think about it: what need did they have to be like God in knowing good and evil if they had a perfect world; these were people who had everything they could ever want, yet were still made to believe that they were missing something. Their task was to delight in the splendor and majesty of God and his perfection, and to enjoy procreating with each other.

 ….so we eventually end up with two people who sacrificed the world’s state of perfection, for a type of knowledge that would bring more harm than good, more accountability to the human race and an age-old strain between God and man.  I think we conclude that their satisfaction wasn’t filled by eating of the forbidden fruit.

So let’s bring it a little closer to home. Here’s an example: we all know very materialistic people. They love things. They seem to find value in obtaining and storing up possessions. They keep up to date with the latest model cars, and trending fashion advances. It makes them feel good. It makes them feel like they have worth. Humans have assigned value to things and society says that if I have these things then that makes me somebody and so I should be satisfied because of what I have; society says that what I have can get me attention, affection, love and inward security. The word talks about the world being very appealing, with its luster. Satan uses the appeal of finding joy in “stuff” or “ideas” to draw our attention away from true satisfaction in the Lord.  
Think about this: If when gold was discovered years ago, if nobody assigned a value to it, then it would just be another type of stone. Think about what you wear. Its literally just CLOTH to cover your body, yet we’re defined so intensely by the style and fashion of the type of clothing that we wear. Why? Because society dictates that this type of cloth is better than that type of cloth.
people spend so much time, and invest great concern into how they look, what kind of furniture they have and how many and what type of cars they can buy, all the while suppressing the desire to pursue and be satisfied in the person of Jesus Christ, and the ultimate gift that he offered at the cross, which is eternal security; our redemption! That gift is more precious than any material thing that we could ever possess in this life.

Dr. John Piper says “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in him”. The truth is, the only way to be totally satisfied in Jesus is to relentlessly, passionately and unceasingly pursue him in light of understanding the depth of love he expressed at the cross. In other words when I fully comprehend that what Jesus did for me on the cross is my greatest treasure, when I see the depravity of my soul and its need for the savior, then this will produce a very special kind of rest, peace and joy in knowing and serving and depending on God.

What should satisfaction in Jesus Christ and his work at Calvary produce in my life?
“Satisfaction in Jesus Christ and his work at the Cross of Calvary, should produce an eternal hope, and a longing for heaven”

1st Philippians 3:20 (NIV) says: “But we are citizens of Heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our savior”
If I am a Christian, then why would I assign all of my hope to this life? It’s erroneous to claim to love Jesus and think that our life here on Earth is the best life we’ll ever experience. God blesses us graciously, and when we ask, God answers. That is a wonderful thing, but that does not negate the fact that the hope of heaven ought to be alive in each and every one of us, and our striving and our hard work in this life ought to be in pursuit of heaven. Why? Because Paul says that really, our citizenship is there, not on Earth. That means that the child of God cannot and should not find satisfaction in the luster of the world. It should have no appeal or taste to us. Materialism, greed, and the like have no place in the life of a child of God.
Paul Says in 1st Timothy 6:6-8 (KJV): “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out and having and raiment let us therewith be content. (Exhort)
If we haven’t attained heaven yet, and those of us reading  this today haven’t, and if heaven is a place of eternal joy in the presence of God, then that means we ought to find HOPE in thinking about heaven. We ought to find joy in WORKING toward heaven. We ought to find PEACE in enduring suffering for heaven and we ought to pursue REST while waiting for Heaven. All the while still “eagerly waiting for him to return as our savior”
Jesus Says in Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV) – “Enter through the narrow gate for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and MANY enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only few find it.”
I want again to bring out the idea that the gift of redemption; the road to heaven is a treasure. The state of mankind was desperate, and Christ Jesus was the spotless lamb of God; our substitutionary sacrifice! Although this narrow road is paved with difficulties, it is a privilege that is afforded to us through the work at the Cross; our redemption afforded by grace, through faith. But something has to be done to reach the goal: that something is striving; making every effort to stay on paths of righteousness, which can prove to be tough.  Jesus said that “Only few enter the narrow gate”.  If only few are entering it then that means that it is far easier and more appealing to take the broad path to destruction - that path is more enjoyable, and easier to succumb to but unfortunately yields no eternal reward.
 I want to encourage you today – satisfaction in Jesus does not mean that life is happy-go-lucky all the time; Our striving against sin will continue, so long as we are on Earth as we are depraved human beings in need of a savior, but we can be joyful, restful and still in a difficult and tempting times because our end is secure. I’m happy about that today! When we accepted the gift of redemption we gained citizenship to that eternal kingdom. Be satisfied in this beautiful gift, knowing that grace abounds for striving! Take joy in your heavenly inheritance. Find satisfaction in the fact that you have received the precious gift of eternal life through the atoning work of Jesus Christ, and work tirelessly to reach heavenly fellowship with Christ.

 “Satisfaction in Jesus Christ and his work at the Cross of Calvary should produce joyful service and an exaltation of the will of God.

“People who’re happy in “Jesus” love serving Jesus, no matter the cost” - That’s an easy statement to make, but not always an easy one to follow up on, because as soon as God calls us to a task that is `difficult or trying we all start sweating, myself included! As soon as the word of God brings reproof, correction or conviction to our hearts we get upset.
The question I’ll pose today is, - and this is a long one - “are you truly most satisfied, and have you experienced the overabundance of joy that comes from serving God, while also UNDERSTANDING the cost?”

In Luke 9:23 Jesus prescribes 2  things in which we must do in order to serve him faithfully
1 – Deny yourself
2 – Take up your cross and Follow Jesus (these go hand in glove)

1- To deny myself means that I say no to the things God hates and I always say yes to the things that please God because of new affections for him. I remember with great reverence, the words of the Lord Jesus Christ: “nevertheless, not my will but thine be done”. This should be the theme of every believer’s life.
-        To deny is to reject the inclinations of the flesh. In as much as we’re all redeemed and we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, the truth is that for as long as we inhabit these earthly bodies our fleshly inclinations will be alive, and that means that we have to make conscious decisions to DENY them - "Put On Christ"

2- After Denial, Jesus tells us to take up our cross and follow him. 

-          When you take up your cross, you make a statement to yourself and to others that you’ve chosen to die to yourself and to sinful nature. Galatians 2:20 (NIV) - I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

 When you take up your cross you stamp a form of identification across yourself: “I belong to the savior, Jesus Christ for I have been crucified with him” 

And in that same vain follow in his examples and the kind of radical life he lived in restoring lives and challenging sin with a joyful, submissive and willing heart.
Following Jesus means that you love people, who others may deem unlovable. It means that you labor with them through their bitterness and rage or maybe even depression. It means that sometimes you give the very last of what you have in your wallet or purse to someone who’s in greater need than you. Following Jesus means talking and ministering to people who’re considered outcasts; society has ruled them out and nobody is supposed to reach out to them, but God has a place for us in the capacity of reaching out.
Following Jesus also means that we have a standard to uphold. Society cannot dictate how we serve God or what we believe, the infallible, living word of God must do that. Many rules and regulations and statutes  in some way or another want us to compromise our faith.  We can’t bow to things that are not sanctioned by God, and so we stand and “contend for the faith” as Jude exhorts us to do.

How do we relate all of this back to satisfaction in Jesus? Think about what is most important to you and think about your eternal end.

We have this amazing cause to work for because of the Cross of Calvary. Each and every day we have an eternal reward in view. When you have a special project that you’re particularly invested in, you put your very best into it and through all of the difficulties you continue working diligently and you take joy in  the process because this special project is one that you love, and one that you’re committed to. When you reach the end result then you have something to be proud of.
Spreading the Gospel is our special project, the Cross of Calvary is our cause and Heaven is our destination. Through the process Jesus is our satisfaction, because every bit of this special project is all about him and our eventual eternal fellowship with him. It’s about seeing him face to face someday. Until then he empowers us with strength and joy and satisfaction in him for the journey!
This life is fleeting, and will be over quickly. The only way we'll be able to feel accomplished, loved and fulfilled is through abandon;  walk diligently in his will. Material possessions and false societal standards can't provide the joy of salvation and eternal security...but Jesus Christ can!


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