One of the things about God’s nature that you’ll see in Scripture is He loves to fill empty things. From empty jars to empty stomachs to empty hearts, Jesus was about filling what was empty. The way we deal with emptiness in our culture is by living in a constant state of consumption. We are constantly consuming. And we love to get online and shop and buy things. We love to think about what we don’t have but what we’re going to get. And once we get whatever we wanted, we need something more. In this message Jesus turns it all upside down by helping us realize He can only fill us when we are empty.
As Jesus neared the end of His ministry it became very evident to the disciples that happily ever after wasn’t going to happen. He started talking about His death. He talked about a resurrection but they never heard that part. They couldn’t get past the “I’m going to die” part and suddenly it wasn’t any fun to follow Jesus. But in order to really live, we must understand the sacrificial side of Jesus. We will learn the way to really live with purpose is to die to ourselves.
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