Thinking this Christmas morning about finding Jesus. What does that mean? I’ve met a lot of people claiming to be looking for Jesus, to have found Jesus, to be loved by Jesus, and to love Jesus. But what does it mean to find Jesus?
In the gospel narratives a number of people find Jesus:
“And going into the house [the wise men] saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:1–2, 11.
“And [Simeon] came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God” – Luke 2:27-28.
Each one of these people were looking for Jesus and found him and were thrilled. Other people also searched for Jesus but with different motives, “for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” – Matthew 2:13.
In his book Miracles C. S. Lewis writes, “There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (‘Man’s search for God!’) suddenly drawback. Supposing we really found him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing he had found us?”1
It’s hard to imagine what would happen if Herod found Jesus. I can assure you it would not go well for Herod. He would be thinking “I did not mean it to come to that!” By then it would be too late.
It is good to seek Jesus. Great to find him. But be sure to check your motives for looking.
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near” – Isaiah 55:6.
1. C. S. Lewis, Miracles (New York: Macmillian Publishing Co., Inc., 1960), 94.