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Jesus as the Life

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Date: April 22, 2018

Speaker: Jay O'Brien

Series: The Road

Scripture: Genesis 6:25–6:35

How to Find Satisfaction in Life


  • Finding disillusionment
  • Disillusioned with comforts and pleasures
  • Disillusioned with others
  • Disillusioned with the church 

 “Just as surely as God desires to lead us to a knowledge of genuine Christian fellowship, so surely must we be overwhelmed by a great disillusionment with others, with Christians in general, and, if we are fortunate, with ourselves.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together  

  • Disillusioned with ourselves 

 “For me and for many of us, our fist waking thought of the day is “I didn’t get enough sleep.” The next one is “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, that though of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of. . . . Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we’re already inadequate already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn’t get, or didn’t get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack. . . .. This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life.” – Lynne Twist, The Soul of Money

Jesus brings ultimate and eternal satisfaction

“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. - C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

How satisfaction in Jesus brings satisfaction in life:

  • We are able to be grateful no matter the circumstances
  • We are able to receive and extend imperfect love to others
  • We root ourselves in a community of grace
  • We see ourselves as eternally loved