Looking For Jesus In The Wrong Places
“1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” Luke 24:1-7
When Mary Magdalene and the other women went looking for Jesus they were looking for Him in the wrong place, and the angels asked them why are they looking for the living among the dead? Today, there are many people looking for Jesus in the wrong places.
People are looking for Jesus among the dead. They are trying to fill their need for Him with sin like alcohol and drugs. The truth is they will never be satisfied because they will never find Him there in that darkness.
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
They will try to look for Jesus by following the world and the ways of the world but the world will never be able to give them that perfect peace that only Jesus can:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
Many will try to find Jesus through man-made religion and following traditions of men. They may try incantations and to summon and control Jesus through certain rituals but it will always be in vain.
“6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Mark 7:6-7
Some will even try look for Jesus by believing their money can find Him:
“18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. 20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.” Acts 8:18-20
And then there are people that believe by going to certain buildings they will find Jesus, like Notre Dame Cathedral which recently caught on fire. They believe that some buildings are so holy that they must go to them to get a true experience with Jesus. Places like Notre Dame Cathedral, the Vatican, cathedrals, basilicas and other churches are basically worshiped but this is not where you will find Jesus at all.
“48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, 49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? 50 Hath not my hand made all these things?”
Looking for Jesus and His peace through sin, the world, man made religious traditions, money and ornate buildings are looking for Him in empty tombs. How do you find Jesus then? He tells us:
“7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-11
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20