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Search for Jesus!

Rev. Enoch Thompson | April 9, 2024 | John 6:22-24

 


KEY VERSE:

Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus. John 6:24 (NIV)


MESSAGE:

I am impressed with the crowds in the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. They knew what they wanted, and they went out to get it. They knew they had found the potential king who would meet their material needs and possibly get rid of the Roman foreign rulers, establishing again the once glorious and powerful kingdom of David.

 

They had eaten and had a lot left over, and it all came from one young preacher from Nazareth. And yet, in the course of the evening, they seemed to have lost Him from their sight. They kept looking for Him all night, and by day when they realized He had escaped from them and their plan to forcibly make Him their king, they went after Him in the direction He could have gone to Capernaum.

 

In search of Jesus, what a worthwhile undertaking for all people at all times, but never so much more than now. We need to search for Jesus in His self-revelation through the written records of the Bible. We must be in search of Jesus by allowing His Holy Spirit to reveal Him more and more to us (John 16:14). We must search for Jesus in the Church, the body of Christ. We must search for Jesus in a daily meditation on His life, teachings and promises.

 

FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Commit to a personal search for the Lord Jesus. Refuse to be distracted and discouraged by others. Search for Jesus, and all other things will be added to you (Matt. 6:33).

 

PRAYER:

Dear Lord Jesus, I want to know you and to walk with you as I pass through the short journey called life. May I see you and experience you so much that I will truly live. For your dear Name’s sake, Amen.


THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

 

DAILY word study: IN SEARCH

In John 6:22, the phrase "in search" translates the Greek word "ζητέω" (zeteo), which means "to seek" or "to search for." This word conveys the idea of actively seeking or searching for something with diligence or earnestness.


Here, the people who witnessed Jesus' miraculous feeding of the five thousand were "in search" of Him. They were actively seeking Jesus, likely because they were impressed by His miraculous signs and wanted to see more or to hear His teachings.


Throughout the New Testament, "ζητέω" is used to describe various forms of seeking, including seeking God's kingdom (Matthew 6:33), seeking wisdom (James 1:5), or seeking after righteousness (Matthew 6:33). It implies a pursuit driven by a desire to find, learn, or understand something.


Reflections:

What are you "in search" of in your life right now? Are you actively seeking after God, wisdom, righteousness, or something else? How can you deepen your pursuit of the things that truly matter in your spiritual journey?


𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | APRIL 9, 2024

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