What Will Satisfy You?

By Pastor Wayne Bernau

Immanuel Lutheran


What do you think it will take for you to have a “Merry Christmas”

and be fully satisfied this holiday season? You may already have

composed a list of gifts you hope to receive. But if you get everything

you wanted, will you really be satisfied? And just what does it take to

satisfy us human beings?

There are many things that will partially and temporarily satisfy

us. Food is delicious, but lasts only a short time. Toys are great, but if

your children are like our grandchildren, the life span of toys tends to

be rather short. Games and trinkets are nice, but again, their glory

doesn’t last. Even the prospect of a diamond, the gift that lasts forever,

is a bit overstated.

God knows what it takes to satisfy and fulfill us fully and

permanently. St. Augustine said it well with the following. “Lord, You

have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find

their rest in You.”

God designed and made us to be complete beings of body and

soul. Just because something thrills our body does not mean that it fills

our soul. The greatest gifts are often non-material ones: love, prayer,

family gatherings, songs, memories, a hug, praiseworthy character, and

so forth.

Jesus stated, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for

righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6

Again, after the feeding of the 5,000 Jesus declared, “I am the

Bread of Life. Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and

whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35



What do we really need for Christmas or for life? There is a

thoughtful saying that goes: “If our greatest need had been

information, God would have sent an educator. If our greatest need

had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our

greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.

But since our greatest need was forgiveness, God sent us a Savior.”

Jesus Christ is God’s perfect Christmas gift to the world. “For God

so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever

believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

When we receive Jesus, we get so many additional gifts. Gifts like

a new identity, forgiveness, peace with God, the promise of eternal life,

purpose, fullness of life, and His Spirit of power, love, and joy. Once

again, Jesus asserted, “I have come that they may have life, and have it

to the full.” John 10:10

I sincerely hope and pray that whatever else you may receive this

Christmas, Jesus will be at the top of your list. He longs to give Himself

to you, for He has already given Himself for you. I am quite confident


that you will not be disappointed in Him!

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