Who Do You Seek?
Read: John 18:1-40
It’s that time of year. You walk into the grocery store to pick up a few items and Easter stares back at you in the form of brightly colored Peeps and chocolate shaped bunnies on aisle end caps. Every year, millions of dollars are spent on baskets, colored eggs and candy, and none of it has to do with the real meaning of Easter. And you know what?
Over 2,000 years ago, the focus of people leading up to the very first Easter Sunday was much the same. Read today’s passage and carefully take note of what the people involved were feeling and doing.
Judas sought monetary gain.
Peter sought a fight.
The chief priests and Pharisees sought His death.
Pilate sought a way not to deal with it.
There are so many different emotions presented in this chapter. But surprisingly, there’s a major one that’s missing.
The seeking of a Savior.
No one in this story sought Jesus for who He was. No. One.
The sacrifice for every sin was standing before them – the perfect Lamb! Without sin! He was the hope for every heartache, the answer to every question, and everyone pretty much missed it.
Honestly, they were distracted by their emotions and carried away by their own wants and desires.
Isn’t that just like us? Isn’t that so human? We will try every which way to do things for ourselves before we ever think about God.
Jesus had one mission – to be the Savior. He never wavered from that. But those around Him easily missed it.
I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to reevaluate my relationship with God. Because if they missed it so easily, I can too.
Can I ask you a question? Who do you seek?
Easter Sunday is coming up in a few weeks, and friends, I don’t want to be like Judas, Peter, the chief priests or Pilot. I don’t want to miss it. I know there are meals to cook and Easter egg hunts to plan. I know it can be stressful. I know you have a to-do list a mile long. There’s a lot of things to get done before April 4th. But I encourage you, this year, make an effort to seek Christ. Maybe you’ll seek Him for the strength to accomplish everything you need to get done, or maybe, you’ll seek Him to heal a hurt. Whatever it is, reach out to the Savior. You won’t be disappointed.