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Summary: Jesus asks a very pertinent question of us all. He already knows the answer, so what does that tell us about His motive in asking?

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Also John 18:4, 20:15

“And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?” 1:38

I have wished, in the past that some evangelistic Christian would sit down and have a long talk with Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel fame.

I don’t know; perhaps someone has. I do not presume to know what is really going on in Simon’s heart or anything about his private life.

But the lyrics of many of his songs over the years have led me to feel that he is not far from the Kingdom of Heaven if he would only hear the gospel and come to Christ in faith to fill the void he sings about; from the tortured soul of The Boxer to the deep loneliness of the traveling entertainer in Homeward Bound to the despairing wanderer confessing, “Kathy, I’m lost,” I said, though I knew she was sleeping. “I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why”. America P. Simon

But their combined singing talent, which is unique and appealing, aside, I think their prolonged success is largely attributable to the endearing quality that keeps their music alive; that being, the fact that most people identify with those feelings of emptiness and lostness.

As he goes on to say in America, “…countin’ the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike, they’ve all come to look for America”.

Well, whatever they’re looking for it is just in the heart and soul of mankind to be searching for something; reaching for something; wanting something to fill a void in them that they do not understand and therefore do not know what it is that is really needed to fill it.

This is not by any means an endorsement of the movie, “Bruce Almighty”, but in that motion picture the musical group, “Plumb” has a song titled, “God-Shaped Hole”, and the lyrics go like this:

“Every point of view has another angle

And every angle has its merit

But it all comes down to faith

That’s the way I see it.

You can say that love is not divine and

You can say that life is not eternal

“All we have is now”

But I don’t believe it

There’s a God-shaped hole in all of us

And the restless soul is searching

There’s a God-shaped hole in all of us

And it’s a void only he can fill

Does the world seem gray with empty longing

Wearing every shade of cynical

And do you ever feel that

There is something missing?

That’s my point of view…”

Well it should go without saying that Jesus is well aware of that God-shaped hole in the human heart because His very coming was to fix that problem; fill that void.

In Luke’s gospel we’re introduced to a man named Simeon who, according to chapter 2 verse 25, was ‘…righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel…” In other words, he like all devout Jews, was looking for the coming of the Messiah. In verse 38 of that same chapter we’re told that a woman named Anna of the tribe of Asher who recognized Him when she saw him there in the temple with His parents, from that moment on went about speaking of Him to “…all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem”.


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