THURSDAY 24 March, 2015
Whom are you Seeking?
Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?”They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.”And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. Now when He said to them, “I am He,”they drew back and fell to the ground. Then He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?” - John 18:4-7
Judas remained close to Jesus throughout His earthly ministry. Why did he seek Jesus? It could have been for money, as we have already learned that Judas was a thief, or power and position as he hoped to reign with Christ when He set up His kingdom. He certainly did not want to identify with his shameful death. He now stood among the crowd of Christ’s enemies. They sought Jesus for one purpose only, to kill Him. Judas’ last act towards Christ was a kiss of betrayal:
Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.” Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” - (Matthew 26: 48-50).
Jesus still demonstrated His power when they came to arrest Him and asked for Him by His name. He said, “I am He” then they all fell backwards. They had no power to take Him by force, He could have prayedto His Father, and He would have provided Him with more than twelve legions of angels (Matthew 26:53), but He willingly gave His life into their hands. He was fulfilling the hour for which He had come.
It is important for everyone to answer Christ’s question, “Whom are you seeking?” If we are truly seeking Jesus of Nazareth, we need to ask ourselves why are we seeking Him. What are your true motives?
Seek the Lordand His strength; seek His face evermore!
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