Luke 24:2-3 “And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.”
Those coming to the sepulchre that day were looking for a body. Because they brought spices to anoint the body, their expectation was not of a risen Savior.
Jesus had taught them that He was going to rise from the dead. He told the disciples plainly, and they did not receive it nor believe it.
Matthew 17:22-23 “And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.”
As the events of His trial, crucifixion, and burial unfolded, our view is to think, “Why couldn’t they see it? What was it that they were looking for exactly?”
Have you ever set out to find something then, stop in the middle of your search and think, “What was it that I was looking for?”
I do not believe they they lost sight of what it was for which they were searching. The Israelite’s expectation was for Jesus to be their conquering King. It was their hope for Him to come and set up His kingdom here on earth.
Luke 17:20-21 “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
So, today, when I read this passage, I began to wonder just what it was I was looking for.
Did I have any expectations?
If it was given, would I know it when it arrived?
How long would I wait for that which was searching?
Questions began to arise in my heart, and I pushed them all aside for one.
Today, will I be found in His presence?
If there was one thing that you could search for and be promised to find, what would it be for which you would search?
To be rid of a stubborn habit or addiction?
To have financial security?
Would you look to have peace in your heart? Love rekindled for your spouse? A wayward child returned? Jesus tells us truly what the focus of our search should be:
Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
With the holiday season upon us, the days and weeks will be filled much activity, and the new year will arrive much sooner than we anticipate. Schedules are already filling up with invitations from friends, programs at our church, and family gatherings for Christmas.
Our schedules’ busyness can cloud our search for the good things, the right things that would please God. If we place the role of ‘kingdom-seeker’ first and want His righteousness, God promises to take care of the rest.
Matthew 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”