Go read John 1:1-28
Did you pick up on whats happening in the story? The pharisees (Jewish religious leaders) had sent “preists and levites” to find John the Baptist and discover whether he was the Messiah, a prophet, or something else. Apparently they’d heard about who he was and what he was doing, and they wanted to know more.
The insteresting thing to consider here was their intentions. Why were they seeking him out? Were they really interested in whether or not John was the messiah? Did they want to follow him? Did they want to kill him?
Now remember, they sent priests and levites. These are people who would – theoretically – be able to interpret and identify if someone was the messiah, or a prophet, or something else. Obviously many of them failed miserably with the Jesus thing.
But still, the pharisees sent trained people to find out if John was the messiah. Assume for a second that it was a genuine search. “Are you who we should follow?” they might of asked.
This is a question, whether we realize it or not, that we ask every day. For most poeple in our culture it’s not really tied to a person (other than themselves perhaps) but to an idea. “Is this was I should give my life to?” “Is this what I need to live for?” “Will this give me the things that I feel that I need in life?” “Is that what I’ll find my identity in?”
We ask questions like that every day. We’re searching. Sometimes we don’t even realize it because we’ve already locked into what we think the answer is, but at some point we realize it’s like chasing a moving target. And then we change our focus or direction.
I do it too.
And then Jesus shows up.
What if he is what you’re actually looking for? What if he’s the answer to that constant reminder in the world that something’s wrong? What if the target is right next to you, and it’s not going anywhere?
Would you do this? Would you close your eyes for a second? Well, read this first and then close your eyes. Close your eyes and just ask Jesus to show himself. That simple. Then, today, tomorrow, this week, keep your eyes open. Keep looking. You never really know when he might show up.