Will They Find Jesus?

I know that one of the major differences between what the people in our story found, compared to what church goers find today, is the physical person of Jesus Christ. But I can’t help but believe that people today are still desperately searching for Jesus. Some may go to church primarily because it represents the meeting place of God and His followers. As we meditate together, let us think about the ways that people might find Jesus in our church!

DATE POSTED Wednesday, 2022-06-08
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Mark 6:53-56
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)

BIBLE TEXT: 53 After they had crossed the lake, they landed at Gennesaret. They brought the boat to shore 54 and climbed out. The people recognized Jesus at once, 55 and they ran throughout the whole area, carrying sick people on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 Wherever he went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.

APPLICATION: Jesus and His disciples arrived at the shores of Gennesaret from across the lake. The people on the shore immediately recognized Jesus and they instantly wanted to go and bring others to be touched by Jesus. As I read this, I wondered how, or if, this resembles our weekend services. Do people come to God’s house expecting Jesus, and even more importantly, do they find a semblance of Jesus in some form in our churches? Do they hear of the powerful healing from Jesus in our services, or is it a thing of the past that can only be read and preached about in our Bibles? The people at Gennesaret were convinced that if only their sick could touch the hem of Jesus’ robe they would be healed. Will we find faith in our community of family and friends to believe that as they make their way to God’s house, be among the people of God, and ask them to stretch out holy hands while praying earnestly in faith for the Great Healer to do His job in their lives? Will they then come with expectant hearts – believing that they too can serve our awesome God? Obviously the people of Gennesaret had heard a lot of great things that Jesus had done, and they believed He could do it again for them. Do you suppose that our people are hearing such reports from our churches and its people? I realize that often the bad news of failures, and the interference of Satan in the lives of our people, and even our church leaders, will overpower the good impact that God extends to His people. Dear friends, God said that “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, ESV). So, I believe that God is forever faithful, never loses His power, He is always capable of healing us and our land, if only we (God’s precious and chosen people) will humble ourselves; seek His face; and be committed to turn from our old wicked ways. Remember, we are on a new path that represents the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is inside of us empowering us to live new, holy and noble lives for our King. God said in the above verse, that if He sees this happening, heaven’s doors would open wide and He will forgive us of our sin and heal our land. Dear ones, I believe that if we go to church believing and expecting the wondrous works of our God, and if we open our hearts to receive everything He offers up to us through His Word that day, then we will leave His house with such a fire inside of us that our townspeople will finally believe that there is much more to ‘church’ than the gossip and bad stuff they hear from others. If the people are expecting Jesus, and if they find Jesus in our churches, they will go and share Jesus with those they come into contact with, and our churches will once again be filled with hungry people coming to be filled with God’s sweet Holy Spirit. Try preparing your hearts for this special event next weekend. Go to the house of God to meet with God – nothing else. Sure you’ll meet some pretty awesome people, but remember your main purpose – meet with God; be filled with more of God; and leave that place rejoicing that it was so good that you were in the house of God that day!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Just a touch from God, is all that we desire and search diligently for. This is accomplished when we search for God, find Him, worship Him and be open to receiving all that He has in store for us! Praise the great name of Jesus, my Lord!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please help us to never meet in vain as we search for You, and seek to worship You for Your awesome gifts that You bestow upon us. We are such a needy people and while we realize that only You can meet our needs, we often lack the faith to believe that we are worthy of Your blessings. Help us to lead a revolution much like what the people of Gennesaret did when they excitedly went out to bring the needy to the feet of Jesus. Teach us Lord to always concentrate on Your goodness, and to share that excitement with everyone that we come into contact with. Show us the lost, and lead us to help them find their way towards Your throne where they could find peace, contentment, healing and restoration. Help us Lord to have a positive impact in the lives of those who need You as Lord and personal Savior. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

One thought on “Will They Find Jesus?”

  1. I preached on that passage last Sunday in regard to the disciples reminiscing later regarding this “wow” moment. You can find the sermon on Faith Baptist Church, Lake Placid’s YouTube channel

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