‘…Whom Seek Ye?’ John 18:1-9

Text:  Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near; let the wicked forsake his/her way, and the unrighteous man/woman his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

Isaiah 55:6-7.

Good morning, abundantly pardoned Christian!  At one distinct, never-to-be- forgotten, time in your life as a Hell-bent sinner, you, like the author, heard the Gospel message of Salvation in Christ alone; received faith to believe; diligently sought Christ Jesus; were granted repentance from sin; turned from sin to follow the Saviour - and have proven Him to be all-sufficient to your souls deepest needs ever since.  Hallelujah!  We, once lost, are now found!

Not only have we now been forgiven of all our vile sins, God has abundantly pardoned us; has justified us in His Holy sight.  We are Eternally forgiven!  Thank the Lord, oh my soul!  What a Saviour!

He took my sins and my sorrows, He made them His very own;  He bore the burden to Calvary and suffered and died alone.  How marvellous! Oh how wonderful! And my song shall ever be; How marvellous!  Oh how wonderful!  Is my Saviours love for me.  (Hymn by Isaac Watts/Charles H. Gabriel)

Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.  And I will be found of you, saith the Lord…”  (Jeremiah 29:12-14)

There are many and varied motives for seeking after the Lord Jesus Christ.  Some seek Christ for Salvation from a Christ-rejecters Hell.  Some seek Christ through carnal curiosity, to satisfy a whim of their still mortal minds.  The motivation we harbour in our hearts for searching for Christ determines the Eternal outcome of our seeking. What are YOUR motivations, my friend?

Judas Iscariot, ‘…the son of perdition…’, was preordained to betray the Son of God Christ Jesus.  He sought out the Lord Jesus, but his motives were far from pure.  Judas real god was money, political power and patronage.  He now languishes in a Christ-betrayers Hell.  (Psalm 41:9) (Revelation 20:10)

Judas Iscariot was a Jewish zealot: seizing and wielding political power over the  Romans occupying Palestine was his hearts motivation for seeking out the Christ.  He had visions of being part of the leadership of a new party-political religious movement, that would sweep him into power over Rome; and with that power would come his deepest hearts desire, a desire to be rich, powerful and famous. 

It was Jesus, the party-political deliverer, that Judas heart sought.

When Judas realised that Jesus had come to suffer and to die on a cruel Roman Cross as the long-awaited Atonement Sacrifice for sin; he sought to make gain of the Lord Jesus, and sold Him out to the Jewish authorities for a mere thirty pieces of silver.  Many today will also seek to use Christ, and a false profession of Christianity, as a means to further their own covetous ends.  Traitors!  Come out from among them, and be ye separate!"

Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.  Jesus thereforesaith unto them, Whom seek ye?  (Vs.3-4)

When the Lord Jesus, the Almighty Son of the Almighty Lord God, declared unto Judas and the band of persecuting soldiers His powerful Name I Am (the he’ in the KJV is in italics and therefore not part of the actual words spoken) - the puny and persecuting mortals all ’…went backward, and fell to the ground. (V.6)

Jesus Christ, the great I Am, spoke His own Holy Name - and the crowd fell down before His Omnipotent power.

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM; and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.  (Exodus 3:14)

As soon as He had said unto them, I AM (He), they went backward, and fell to the ground.  (V.6)

Then asked He them again, Whom seek ye?  And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.  (V.7)  The unbelieving crowd only sought Jesus the man.

We as repentant sinners have, by Gods grace, sought out Jesus the God-Man; the Son of the Living Lord - God's ONLY WAY of Eternal Salvation.  (Acts 4:12)  By doing so, we have found true Salvation in Him.  Praise His Holy Name!

Thought: Christ Jesus, alone, Eternally saves - ‘…Whom seekest thee?

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