Looking For Jesus

As my daughter has entered into middle school, her growth and experiential existence reminds me of her as a little child. Now, the lighting of the eyes, the wondering and question can be verbalized. Just yesterday, she asked me why so many of her classmates crowd around one particular student. She does not know about the infamous popularity effect yet, but she is learning it day by day. I shared with her that some people just have magnetism that others don’t have. I shared with her that everybody is looking for someone to align him/herself with in life.

For those of us who are conscious of the Lord of Lords, all of us are Looking For Jesus. Why? We are like everyone else. We are looking to align ourselves with someone who can benefit us. We all are looking for salvation. We just believe that it comes in different ways/forms. I am convinced that no one was Looking For Jesus anymore than the disciples. After all, they are the ones who spent time with him face to face.

As the StubHub commercial says, “Not everyone has a ticket oak, …” but everyone can have a relationship with Jesus. You can align yourself with Him. Let’s go to John 21 to see what happens when we align ourselves with God in our lives. This text accents the benefit of having aligned oneself to Jesus. Though we do not see Him, He sees us and is in tune to what we need.

“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered.

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

When we align ourselves with Jesus, He keeps His eyes on us. In fact, we know that He is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us (Romans 8:32-34). Just as Jesus manifested Himself to the disciples, He will manifest Himself to those whom He has chosen. In the text above, a few of the disciples went about their regular business after Jesus had been risen from the dead. At that time, Jesus manifested Himself to the disciples. Why did and why does Jesus manifest Himself?

We see the answer to that in John 20.

30 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

Jesus manifests Himself to man that he may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. Remember, we all are looking for someone. Our destiny is determined by who we place our faith. If you want the best, why not position yourself like those who are Looking For Jesus.


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