Summary: What are you searching for? Some of you are searching for the perfect mate. (Most are already taken, right honey?) The Cub fans are searching for a World Series win, next year. In the book the DaVinci Code, the fictional characters are searchin
What are you searching for?
Some of you are searching for the perfect mate. (Most are already taken, right honey?)
The Cub fans are searching for a World Series win, next year.
In the book the DaVinci Code, the fictional characters are searching for the Holy Grail, the cup Christ drank from during the last supper. That was the same thing King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table sought.
In the movie National Treasure, the fictional characters were searching for a massive lost treasure that was hidden during the Revolutionary War.
In the 80’s we were searching for Waldo. Where’s Waldo?
Everyone is on a quest for something, some of us know what we are looking for and others don’t have a clue.
Maybe we are searching for popularity, riches, friends, toys, prestige and honor, wisdom or even truth. People are searching for peace and quiet, they are searching for peace and contentment, and they are searching for peace in the world.
Some are searching for God, some are searching for answers, and some are searching for the meaning of life.
I am sure you have all seen a comic strip about people climbing a mountain to ask an old wise man the answer to a question they had been seeking.
And I am sure many of us have even asked God from time to time, why?
We are all searching for something. So, what are you searching for? Do you know?
Father we ask for Your anointing on us today. Place Your anointing on me as Your messenger today.
Open our eyes so that we may see Your Word. Open our ears so that we may hear Your Word. Open our minds so that we may understand Your Word. Open our hearts so that we may receive Your Word today.
READ John 14:8-14
Phillip was on a quest. He was searching for the something.
But he couldn’t quite get it. He is thinking, “how can Jesus words be true?”
Jesus tells him, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”
Phillip is there with Jesus but he is scratching his head, wondering if he had missed something?
Phillip is thinking, “Just show us the Father. That’s what I need! I would love to see God! Jesus will you do that for us? Make the invisible God visible for us! That will do it. That’s all we need. That would be enough! Let us see God!”
Have you ever felt like Philip? Lord, are you there? Hello? Can You hear me now?
Phillip’s request is not that much different than anyone’s request today. We want to see God. We want to see the signs and the wonders so that we know God is there and then when we do see them we hope that our faith will grow.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe in the signs and the wonders. I believe in the manifestations of God doing great things for us and in us and through us and I look forward to seeing them take place whenever two or three are gathered in His name.
Our mission statement even says that we will accomplish the bringing of transformation into the lives of men and women, young and old, to convert the sinner, bring healing to the sick, and equip people to change the world for God through the un-compromised Word of God and through the demonstration and manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit…
So I look for the spectacular and the sensational, I want to see the miracles happen, but we need to understand that we can know God’s presence without physically seeing God.
The story is told that after Helen Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, had given her the names of physical objects in sign language, Miss Sullivan attempted to explain God and shaped for her the symbols for the name “God.”
Much to Miss Sullivan’s surprise, Helen spelled back, “Thank you for telling me God’s name, Teacher, for he has touched me many times before. I always knew he was there, but I didn’t know what his name was.”
Helen Keller, in her blindness, could see the Father better than Philip could.
So Jesus makes his case clear to Philip, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; otherwise believe on account of the works themselves.”