Date: March 12, 2023
Bible Text: Matthew 11:28-30, John 14:23-31 | Rev. David A. Douthett
Series: Lent 2023 - The Bread of Life
This is the third Sunday in Lent, the season of preparation for the feast of Easter and the Resurrection of the Lord. Lent is traditionally a time of self-reflection and other spiritual disciplines like fasting, prayer, study, generosity, and so on. All of this is to focus our attention on Jesus Christ and our living relationship with him.
We are continuing a sermon series for these six weeks on Jesus' claim to be the Bread of Life. Because he is the Christ, the Son of the living God, we take this claim seriously and believe that he can satisfy all manner of human hunger.
So far we have considered hunger of body and hunger of mind. This week we round out that trifecta with hunger of the spirit, or a hunger for peace. Saint Augustine wrote in his Confessions, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” Indeed, there seems to be something restless about us by nature that can only be settled with the knowledge of God's absolute love and grace towards us. Otherwise, we try to fill the void with all manner of distractions and useless stuff. What does Jesus Christ have to say to our hungry souls?