John 1:41, 45
He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
Imagine all the people of the day seeking the Messiah, wondering if theirs would be the generation in which He would appear, much like we look for His return today. Anyone who claimed some purpose from God would be questioned and examined in order to determine if this could be him. First they would seek John the Baptist, a curiosity of sorts, out by the river baptizing people. His purpose was to point them to Jesus, and he did so, but not all would take him at his word. It was still each individual’s choice to follow after Jesus or reject Him.
Then Jesus started His ministry, preaching and performing miracles. And the people would turn and seek after Him, another curiosity of sorts, one claiming to be the Son of God. Here He was, who they had sought, who they were waiting for, and the hearts of men would be revealed, some into a hardened unbelief and others in faithful dedication to their Lord. As Jesus worked in the midst of the people, performing miracles and preaching the truth, some would be drawn to Him, while others would push Him away.
Have we found Jesus for ourselves? Have we heard His words and followed after Him? Have we sought to discover the truth for ourselves, or have we let someone else’s view prevent us from seeing Messiah in our midst? We can read what has been written about Jesus. We can hear sermons and songs and testimonies about Him. We can see the hand of God imprinted on His creation around us. But unless we take hold on Him with our heart, unless we accept Him for ourselves, we remain lost and far from Him.
The proclamation has been made. The prophecies have come to pass. There He is—Jesus, Son of God, Savior. He is there to be found by every seeking heart. Anyone with a heart full of sin that needs forgiveness, anyone with an emptiness to be filled, anyone longing for love can come to Jesus and be completely satisfied. Our Messiah has come, and He waits with open arms to accept any who would believe on Him. Let’s accept Him for ourselves, and after we have done so, let’s also tell others about the new life we find in Him.