What Seek Ye?

The very first words spoken by Jesus in the Gospel of John are, “What seek ye?” (1:38) In context they are spoken to the soon to be apostles, Andrew and John, as they are following after him. Since that time till now, people have continued to seek Jesus and with reasons as varied as the seekers themselves. In Luke 17 we read the account of the 10 lepers who stood off from the crowds and cried out for mercy. They, like many others, sought out Jesus for the healing of their affliction. It is probably the most common reason people sought out Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. The blind, deaf, infirmed, and possessed were all begging for physical relief and all received their desire. Not everyone in the crowds were true seekers, however. In the 14th and 15th chapters of Matthew are the miraculous feedings of the multitudes from but a few loaves and fishes. They, too, sought physical relief from Jesus, but one with- out having to make any commitments. “Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled”. (John 6:26) The Pharisees sought out Jesus for other, religiously centered reasons. They plainly told him, “We would see a sign”. (Matt. 12:38) In other words, “Prove to us who you claim to be. We’re the spiritual leaders, satisfy us”. After Jesus rebuked them, they sought to discredit him. Then there was Simon the Sorcerer, who saw Peter and John bestowing the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. (Acts 8) He was envious of the power of God and made an offer to buy Jesus and the Holy Spirit from them. He got nothing but a reprimand from Peter. And the apostles? Why did they seek after and stay with Jesus even after some very strong teaching caused some to turn away? Peter explained in John 6:68, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of 6ternal life.” Even today, millions seek after Jesus for millions of reasons, and not all of them noble. “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8) It is an eternal question that Jesus still asks of us all, “What seek ye?”

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