Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | March 29, 2021

Seeking Jesus

“As he (Jesus) approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.” Luke 19:41-42 (NIV)

I missed it – couldn’t believe I walked right by that bargain. My heart sank as I reflected on how close I was to it and yet totally missed it. What was I thinking – guess that was the problem. I was searching too hard, looking everywhere and it was right under my nose. I could have fallen over that display in the store, but instead I rushed past it giving up hope that I would find it.

If you’re a bargain shopper there’s nothing more frustrating than missing “the deal” especially if it is something you really want. Blinded by my own preconceived idea of where I would logically find it, I walked out the store without the “special deal.”

Jerusalem was no different. They had been looking for the Messiah – the answer to all they wanted and longed for. Diligently they kept the law and expected everyone else to do likewise. There were no margins for grace or mercy. And they loved the superiority of being an authority on what people should or should not do. Tradition and rituals didn’t serve them well. Clinging tightly to their position, they missed the very One they were looking for. They accused the One who came to save their souls. They persecuted, mocked and crucified the very Son of God – all because they were looking somewhere else.

Sweet friends, how many times do we long for Jesus and yet look in all the wrong places.? We hold on to our positions, our rituals, our preferences and elusively miss the sweetness of Jesus right in front of us. We anticipate His working in our way, in our favor. We eagerly waiting for Him to accomplish His purposes all the while we are focusing our eyes on “me.”

Jerusalem is all around us. Don’t miss out on our Messiah, Savior and Lord. Let’s turn our eyes on Him, His words and His gift – salvation infused with grace. Let’s not grieve the heart of God but rather bring joy and gladness to Him. Let’s wrap our arms around who He says He is, fully trusting and believing. Now that will serve us well.

“Jesus please help us to fully grasp the wonder of who You are. Reveal Yourself to us and guide us to Your amazing truth.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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