Good morning, happy Tuesday and blessings.
What does Jesus mean in John 8:21-30 when he says, “you will seek me and not find me”? We learn, for one thing, that it is possible to seek Christ in vain. Our Lord says to the unbelieving Jews, "You shall seek Me, and shall die in your sins." He meant, by these words, that the Jews would one day seek Him in vain.
The lesson before us is a very painful one. That such a Savior as the Lord Jesus, so full of love, so willing to save, should ever be sought "in vain," is a sorrowful thought. Yet so it is! A person may have many religious feelings about Christ, without any saving religion. Sickness, sudden affliction, the fear of death, the failure of usual sources of comfort--all these causes may draw out of a good person deal of "religiousness." Under the immediate pressure of these s/he may say his or her prayers fervently, exhibit a strong spiritual feeling, and profess for a season to "seek Christ," and be a different person. And yet all this time her or his heart may never be touched at all! Take away the peculiar circumstances that affected him/her, and s/he may possibly return at once to his or her old ways. S/he sought Christ "in vain," because he sought Him from false motives, and not with his whole heart.
What does it mean to seek Jesus? To seek Jesus means to turn to God, to desire to be in a relationship with him, and to come into his presence for fulfillment, strength and help. But before we can ever begin to seek him, God must do something first in our lives. Because if left to ourselves, we would never seek the Lord. It means to seek his presence. To desire a relationship with him.
Do you know that we can also seek Jesus for joy? In the book of Romans (15:13) Paul tell us: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Jesus has brought joy to the world. As His followers we, too, can bring joy to the world by sharing the good news of salvation in Christ and by living in faithful and confident obedience to Him, knowing that the One in whom we have placed our hope is surely faithful.
In this time of the Coronavirus we are going to share joy to the whole world giving testimony of the presence of Jesus in our lives. Smile, we are in victory.