Who Are You Looking For?
15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him and I will get him.”John 20:15-16
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabbouni” (which means Teacher).
“Who are you looking for?” That’s a great question, especially for people of faith. If we’re honest, we often are looking for a savior, or god, who agrees with our own inclinations. But our Savior, our God, often does not fall into that category and instead challenges us to different understanding and growth. After all, God (the same God that created the universe) came to us as one of us to show us who God really is. In human form, he experienced emotions ranging from joy to rage, faced temptations of every kind against his mortal self, and suffered unspeakable betrayal and pain at the hands of his fellow humans. Because of this, he does understand us, better than we know.
So, when asked the question “who are you looking for?” I try to answer as Thomas was finally able to articulate, “My Lord and my God!” I am looking for the God who made me and built into my very DNA abilities that I have yet fully to realize. I am looking for the God who gave everything so that I may know him. I am looking for the God who loves me where I am and yet challenges me to be so much more. I’m looking for the God who wants me to truly follow and see my own fellow humans with God’s own eyes. I’m still working on it. And I’d love for you to travel with me in that journey of discovery, faith, and transformation.
“Who are you looking for?” The God of Resurrection, the God of Hope, the God of Love, the God of Easter!
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Brian Siegle