What are you looking for?
him in my hands.
I can feel him in my feet,
I can feel him in my heart,
I can feel him in my soul,
I can feel him all over me. 🎶
You think Mary Magdalene was going to let her eyes off of him? Mary exhibited the very actions Paul spoke about in his relationship with Jesus. "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14; 2 Timothy 4:7,8 KJV).
Once Mary heard her name called the only way Jesus could call it, she would cling to him always. Just read aloud to yourself this powerful moment between Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
13} "And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
14} And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
15} Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
16}Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
17} Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." (John 20:13-17 KJV).
Wow! What a powerful story of never giving up on a love that the world can not offer you. Notice how Mary didn't know at first who he was. She thought he was the gardner. It wasn't until after he said her name that she knew who he was.
Has that happened to you when your husband, wife, son or daughter calls you on the phone when they were away on a trip or vacation? You don't even have to second guess. You distinctly know who it is right away.
It is said, "absence makes the heart grow fonder." Did you know when reading the powerful way Jesus said "Mary," that you could take her name out of the sentence and place your own name in there?
Give it a try. But read it aloud. Today, with all that this nation has endured since Covid, and the decline of all things moral, it's time to turn our eyes upon Jesus.
With more and more churches turing away from foundational truth, it has allowed all manner of false teachers and false doctrine to come in to the church.
Since the online ministry of "Try Jesus" started I have put up a page entitled "Will the real Jesus please stand up." It gives biblical truths and warnings about different cults and false doctrine you can look at.
Remember, Mary and the other women went looking for love in the area, but needed a little reminder of what Jesus had told them. They stayed at the cross when most of the disciples had fled, and they got ready to anoint their Lord’s body.
Because of their devotion, they were the first to know about the resurrection. At least their eyes went looking for love. The men scattered.
Ladies of God, never give up on the men in prayer. We always need prayer. From Adam until today, we truly need agape love for Jesus. If you are married and your husband has his eyes on Jesus, Praise God! Real men do love Jesus!
Before we close, I want to encourage those who are seeking Jesus but keep looking in wrong places. You won't find him in the "Latter day saints." You won't find him in the "kingdom hall." You won't find him in Purgatory.
Here's a fun way to start a conversation with someone who works in a department or grocery store. When they walk up to you and say "Can I help you find what you're looking for?" You can tell them "Thank you, I already found him."
It might open the door for you to tell them about Jesus. God gives his light and presence of love to a dying world. When Joseph and Mary misplaced their so as they were going to celebrate the passover.
According to God’s law, every Jewish male was required to go to Jerusalem three times a year for the great festivals (Exodus 23:14-17; Deuteronomy 16:16).
Once they were ready to return, Jesus stayed behind and was in the temple with teachers listening and asking them questions. His parents became worried and went to look for him among all the relatives. (Luke 2:41-52).
Has this happened to any of you parents out there? If your child was in the amusement park wondering around at the age of twelve, would you know where to look to find them?
When ever someone would come over my house looking for me, my mom would give them two answers. She would say "If he's not up in his room, he's at the basketball court." My parents and siblings knew where I'd mostly be.
It took the parents of Jesus three days to find their son. "I mean, three days?" I realize children have favorite relatives to visit but Mary and Joseph should have thought to look in the temple. I wonder how many times they probably had to tell him as a little 8 or 9 year old, "come on son its time to leave the temple."
I wonder if they ever had to say, "Hey were cooking your favorite fish today." But by the time he was twelve, that should have been the first place to check. After I became a born-again believer in Jesus, at times I was still playing basketball.
However, God was changing my priorities. I started to find myself more in reading the Bible than I was playing basketball. My mother had noticed it too. Because when my friends would come over she would say "first check his room upstairs, he's probably has the door shut reading his Bible."
Here's what Jesus said to his parents.
48} "And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49} And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? 50} And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them." (Luke 2:48-50 KJV).
Mary and Joseph loved Jesus, but they were looking for that real love in all the wrong places. This is why the next verse says "And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. (Luke 2:50 KJV).
Mary should never be place on a higher pedestal than what the Bible attributes to her. She needed a Savior just like the rest of us. She certainly was not born without sin.
[Jesus’ parents didn’t understand what he meant about his Father’s house. They didn’t realize he was making a distinction between his earthly father and his heavenly Father. Jesus knew that he had a unique relationship with God. They knew he was unique, but they couldn’t fully grasp what was going on in his mind.]
Jesus told us to take care of our eyes. We should keep our eyes always on Jesus. 34} "The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
35} Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. 36} If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. (Luke 11:34-36 KJV).
In John chapter 9, you can read the story about how one man's vision started out in total darkness but as he learned more and more about Jesus he could look and see him clearly.
The Pharisees and the Sadducees however, thought they were seeing God clearly, but they were more blind than the young man who had been physically blind. They were spiritually blind. (John 9:39-41).
They religious leaders were looking for love in a dead religion. Many people today in 2023 are still living in dead dry religious churches. When leaders are spiritually blind, they end up making their sheep blind also (Matthew 15:13,14).
🗣📢 Last words: Sometimes the hardest thing that you will ever say in your life is, “I have a problem.” Nobody likes to say that. When we cannot see Jesus, that is a problem.
So, what are you looking for today? Are you trying to find love in bottle? There is no love in the bottom of a bottle or the emptiness of a can. (Proverbs 23:29-35, Proverbs 20:1, Isaiah 5:11).
In a career? Many are not drunk with wine, but with power, success, money, and position. Look at the devastating events that Lot and his family went through. And it all started with a wrong choice. (Genesis 19:1-38).
On a Couch: Some think they will find love or concern with a therapist, counselor, or psychologist. They want somebody to listen to the problems. but read what it says here. (Isaiah 9:6,7; 30:1).
In a Crowd: Many just wish to fit in. They want to be popular, need approval of men, member of the group. (Proverbs 14:12).
In a Crown: Others have trusted in the government. They think that the white house or the congress can solve all their problems. (Psalms 146:3,5).
In a Courtship: Some believe love is found with the right man or woman. But without God in the center of it, it becomes tedious and self deflating. Read the story of Samson again above. His loneliness led him to look for affection in dangerous places.
In Carnalities: Accumulations, materialism, worldliness, saving the planet. (Luke 12:16-21). The Rich Fool said he would tear down his barns and build bigger, but he died never finding what he searched for in carnal things.
In a collection of brethren: lodges, fellowships, civic organizations, country clubs, and even the church are being joined by people looking for love and fulfillment, but they still find themselves empty.
There may nothing adherently wrong with some fellowships, but if Jesus is not Lord and in the center of it, no lasting joy will follow.
In competition: Sports or hobbies. Again there is nothing adherently wrong with playing sports but careful prayer should be sought out asking God for wisdom.
There are many powerful traps and spiritual landmines from Satan that destroy God given talents to men and women. Power, money, and women are powerful snares men and women should look out for.
If you truly want true love, then look at Jesus:
1) at the cross.
2) In his blood.
3) In his resurrection.
4) In his soon return. Praise God! The assurance that Jesus loves us is that he is coming back again to get us that where he is there we may be also!!
(John 14:1-3; Isaiah 55:1-7).
READY TO START LOOKING?
🛐 Here’s a prayer you can pray to look for love in Jesus. "Heavenly Father, I am so overcome with the pain of searching for love in people and things. I keep falling and stepping on the same landmines of life that leave more of my heart broken in pieces.
My tears have all dried up. I stay alone in my empty home with nobody who loves me. I need that love Jesus, that others talk about. Everything I try keeps failing. Every where I look for love, it ends in disaster.
I've tried everything to make the pain go away, and I'm still empty inside. I've even thought of taking my own life. I've been following the Try Jesus site. I need this real love the pastor is speaking about.
Please forgive me of my sins Lord. I'm turning from sin, and turning to you. Come into my heart and open the eyes of my heart to experience your love. Thank you, Jesus for fixing a broken piece of clay like me, in Jesus name, amen."
♡ If you sincerely prayed that prayer with meaning in your heart, welcome to the family of God. The next step is to get a Bible and immerse yourself in reading it everyday.
After that ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to a church where the word of God is preach. Set up an appointment with the leadership of that church to see if it is controlled by the Holy Spirit.
Don't seek after man's religiosity, bye-laws, legalism, or doctrines that twist scripture. The Holy Spirit will protect you as he guides you. You can contact me with any concerns you have. ♡
❤ "If you would like to know Jesus as your Savior, please read the drop-down page entitled "How to know Jesus."
"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you."
Pastor Todd Boxley
Worship Center Ministry