Seeking God is something every believer should be doing. In Jeremiah 29: 13 the Bible says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (KJV). Seeking God involves the heart and his means that there must be a relationship between you and God. The new birth experience is what begins that relationship. Everyone in this world has the opportunity to call upon the Lord, but seeking God requires a special connection with him.
When I met my wife it was the beginning of a new and wonderful relationship. We enjoyed being together and we spent hours together. During those moments we talked about many things and we never seemed to run out of things to talk about. When we were far from each other we still longed to be together. One day one of her friends asked her a question to just find what we usually talked about during all that time we spent together. In response to that she told her friend that during those times together we talked about anything. This is what happens when two people have a relationship that is founded in love. When you are in love with someone, the time you spend together with that person is precious. That special time can take hours although it might feel like just a short time. This is what happens when you have a relationship with God. When you have a relationship with God you will seek him with all your heart and your fellowship will be so sweet that you would not even take stock of time.
In Hebrews 11:6 the Scripture says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (KJV). Those who set to seek God must seek him diligently. Seek God knowing that there is a reward after all. In the gospel of John chapter twenty we are told that Mary Magdalene got up early in the morning to try to get to the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. It was still dark and when she got to the tomb she found that the stone that covered the tomb had been moved. She got up early to seek the Lord and already things were not making sense. Who could have come to the tomb to remove the stone? The only thing that came to mind in this situation was to run to the apostles and make sure they knew about this strange event.
When Mary found Peter and John that morning she told them what happened at the tomb and both of them quickly decided to go and find out. As they went John out ran Peter and got in to the tomb first and found out that Jesus was not in that tomb any more. They wondered about what happened but without much thought they both went back home without stopping to think about what happened to the lord’s body. Later Mary caught up with them at the tomb and that is when she really began to seek for the Lord. Peter and John went back home, but Mary continued seeking. She wanted to find the Lord dead or alive. Peter and John should have remembered that Jesus was going to rise from the dead on the third day, but nothing was coming together so as to make any sense. They could not even remember that his was the third day Jesus talked about. Not only that, they should have been concerned enough to find out where his body was placed since now it was not in tomb. In all this Mary never gave up on trying to find Jesus. She wanted to find Jesus dead or alive.
While she was still standing at the tomb all by herself someone stood in front of her. Assuming he was the gardener who could have taken the lord’s body to another location, she began to plead with him so that she could get the body back. The person she assumed to be a gardener turned out to be Jesus Christ. He had truly risen from the dead as promised. When Jesus revealed himself to her, she got excited to see him alive. Now, where were the so called apostles that day? They had all given up.
Mary was rewarded for being diligent. She finally found Jesus not dead, but alive. She was the first to meet Jesus after he was raised from the dead. Surely The Lord rewards those who diligently seek him and he is not a respecter of persons. In God’s presence traditions take second place and as a matter of fact may not be as useful. There was no reason of using the perfumes on Jesus because he was alive. Jesus is life.
That day God rewarded Mary not with a dead Jesus, but with Jesus who was alive and well. When you seek the lord with all your heart you will find him. When you meet Jesus like Mary met him you will have the message for others. This meeting gave Mary the message for the apostles. She was the first woman to proclaim the message of the resurrected Savior. In John 20:17 we are told, “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God” (KJV). This is where the “Go” part of the great commission began to unfold after the resurrection.
In John 20:19 the Scripture says, “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you” (KJV). Jesus confirmed Mary’s message by appearing to the apostles who were hiding behind closed doors.
Mary sought The Lord and she ended up being a blessing to others. Seek the Lord with all your heart so that you become a real blessing to others too.
- Session 8 – Is it important to you that Jesus was raised to life? (allenking320.wordpress.com)