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“Finding” Jesus


cs-united-methodistPastor Mary Ivanov

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, MI  49319

 

Read John 1: 29-50

 

“Mom, can you help me find Jesus?” My young son asked from the other room.  I was a bit shocked and confused until I investigated and saw that he was doing a word search and needed some help. “Sure,” I said, and proceeded to help him find a “J” and go from there.

My son was content once he had figured out where “Jesus” was. But his simple, yet very profound question struck me and stayed with me. The witness of John the Baptist and the first disciples came to mind and then many who came after them to tell the Good News of Jesus. I wouldn’t know Jesus as my Lord and Savior if others hadn’t helped me “find” Jesus along the way. My parents understood their responsibility to nurture me in the faith by their own witness, but they also knew that they needed the support and help of the Body of Christ. They couldn’t do it by themselves. I was baptized, and the congregation promised to support me and nurture me along with my parents.

And they fulfilled their promise. They prayed for me. They served as Sunday School teachers, Youth Group leaders, and music ministry leaders. They were encouragers.  They affirmed God’s gifts in me and helped me to accept God’s grace for myself. When I confirmed God’s claim on my life as a teenager, the congregation witnessed that holy moment and celebrated with me. As I continued to discern God’s call, they encouraged me and kept on praying for me.

Yes, a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ is absolutely vital for salvation. But it doesn’t end there. We need to be in community with each other to nurture our faith as we live it out every day. We need to be with real people who struggle with real issues just like we do. We have to be willing to share with each other, be vulnerable, and be aware of others’ needs. We pray for each other and encourage each other.

I don’t believe that Jesus is ever hiding from us, but sometimes it feels like we have to “find” him. And so there’s my son’s question again: “Can you help me find Jesus?”  Who’s asking you that question? Who is God calling you to reach out to today? Where do you have an opportunity to share your faith and tell your story of God’s grace?

We help one another to see Jesus and recognize that he’s real. We help each other understand that he offers life that is really life—new life, abundant life, eternal life that goes beyond the cares of this world. Thank God for your church family and the power of God at work in those around you and in your own life!

If you don’t have a church home or have been away for a while, consider getting back to church or trying it out for the first time. I invite you to worship with us at 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. We share the love and hope of Jesus Christ!

 

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