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Seeking Jesus

by Dr. Joseph Dimitrov on March 19, 2020
Seeking Jesus

“Whom do you seek?” They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He said to them, “I am He” … He again asked them, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene” (John 18:4, 7).
Jesus asked the same question twice and twice He received the same answer. Seeking Jesus began as early as the night He was born. The first group to seek Him was the shepherds to whom the heavenly host announced the birth of the Savior. They sought Him and when they found Him, they worshipped Him.

The wise men also sought Him - first in Jerusalem where they caused a lot of stir in the city, which moved the evil king Herod to kill innocent infants, and then in Bethlehem where after they had found Him, they recognized Him as king with gifts appropriate for a king.

Zacchaeus sought for Him either out of curiosity or because of loneliness. Being corrupt and probably without many friends, he looked for the righteous One who accepted sinners and associated Himself with people of bad reputation like him. His seeking efforts resulted in unexpected development - Jesus came to his house and brought a radical transformation.

As Jesus was entering the city of Jerusalem cheered by the crowds (John 12:13), some Greeks came to Philip with the desire to see him. They were probably also seeking either out of curiosity or, known for their love for philosophy, out of the desire to "check out" who this new philosopher is (John 12:21). Whatever the motivation, Jesus seemed to be touched by their action (John 12:23-27) and they (the Greeks) very probably with the rest of the crowd heard the confirmation of Jesus' prayer when the voice was heard from heaven (John 12:28).

Seeking Jesus continued after His death. One of the brightest news that Christianity brings to the world was first communicated to and received by seeking women who became witnesses of the Jesus’ resurrection, first to the scared disciples and then to the rest of the early church.

Just before ascending to the Father, Jesus encouraged the disciples to seek the Comforter, the promise of the Father and stay in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit comes upon them. The result of this seeking brought the birth of the church.

All of the above biblical examples confirm the promise that God made to us through the words of the prophet, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13). None of those who found Him left disappointed!

Joseph Dimitrov
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