Luke 7.34-36 You will search for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.” The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? What does he mean by saying, ‘You will search for me and you will not find me’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”
Hide and Seek is not just a child’s game
There is a series of books that were turned into some pretty successful movies awhile back. I am guessing that none of you have ever heard of Harry Potter. Well it is a story of a young boy who discovers that he is a wizard and ends up going to school to learn about this magic. I’m kidding, of course you all know this story. Well the first book is called the Philosopher’s stone and the movie is called the Sorcerer’s stone, but they represent the same thing. At the end of the movie and book there is a bad guy trying to get his hands on this stone that essentially makes whoever has it immortal. The headmaster of the school had hidden the stone in a magic mirror. The trick was, only someone with a pure heart that was searching for the stone for the right reasons could find the stone. The bad guy kept looking in the mirror but could not figure it out. However, Harry when he looked into the mirror, he was able to find the stone that the bad guy could not find.
In this Scripture Jesus is surrounded by people seeking to arrest him and stop him from spreading his truth. Instead of defending himself Jesus says some things that truly confuse the people. Jesus tells the people that even if the troublesome people search for Jesus, they won’t find him, and that they could not come where he goes. You can imagine the confusion these people were facing. They were staring right at Jesus and he is telling them that they won’t be able to find him, so they tried hard to figure where he could go to hide. However, Jesus wasn’t talking about finding his physical body. Jesus was explaining something much deeper and more important. Jesus was dealing with a heart issue here and they could not understand. Jesus tells us that if we seek God, we will find him, but only when we seek him with our hearts and not with our eyes. So many people seek for signs of God with their eyes and yet the true evidence lies in the transformed hearts of those that have met Jesus. Jesus is not hiding from you and I, he is working right out in the open, look no further than the person writing this today. I am writing this right now because I met Jesus on the road, and he changed my life completely.
On the road today: How are you looking for Jesus, like the bad guy in the story who wants Jesus for his own gain, or like Harry who simply seeks with a pure and searching heart? Jesus isn’t hiding from you, if you would like to meet him, close your eyes and open your heart, the relationship of a lifetime awaits.