What a different question Jesus asks, other than encouraging seeking for its own sake! It’s very popular today to be a self proclaimed “spiritual seeker”. The question is, has the Lord Jesus found you? Have you heard His knock at the door of your heart, and have you opened to Him? Or is it preferable to be on the endless search, where you’re told you are only seeking your “true” self, and that this Jesus myth only symbolizes the real you that you haven’t found yet?
That is perhaps a question that needs to be faced by seekers.
So the Jesus story is a myth, eh? Nice try. You, dear reader, have been “myth-informed”, if that is your perception. It is a great passtime, however, to keep seeking after spiritual experiences, ear tickling teachers, techniques for opening other dimensions, encountering “aliens”, and so forth. That way He becomes one among many, and there is no obligation to call Him Lord if you choose to be a seeker and not a disciple – especially to a mere myth.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1) Paul calls a spade a spade on this one, telling it like it is. There is some serious reality which the church is supposed to be dealing with! Is our mission His? “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8) Or has the church become just another mini mart full of spiritual junk food for seekers?
This popular idea of Jesus being one among many may be interesting I suppose, yet seems rather a compromise, nothing new, to anyone who has experienced the REALITY of Jesus Christ revealing Himself to the inner being.
The prince of this world will use any tactic to downplay Jesus, for it was He Who has already crushed the head of the serpent at Calvary, and that these other “mythological heroes” did not do. Krishna did not ransom you, nor did Buddha. There is only one Savior and Lord, only one name under heaven, given among men whereby we must be saved. (See Acts 4:12.)
Yet how many seekers even admit that there’s any need to be saved?
Much of what’s been put out there by the new age movement, as to these parallels with mythological characters as “gods” (see video link below), bears little if any resemblance whatsoever to Jesus the Christ, except they have been stretched to do so in the minds of the unsuspecting. There are Christian ministries which at times seem to want to compromise and marginalize the Lord due to the demands of their “seeker friendly” mega church members who may be allowed to cling to these tales. It’s as if the church has become some sort of vendor and the customer is always right. Does that sound like something against which the gates of hell shall never prevail?
Is this what the Ekklesia – the holy ones called out from not only the world but the religious Jezebel system – is all about?
Once that Revelation of Jesus Christ – such as was given by God the Father to Simon Peter – sinks in, it is real inner knowing, a deep conviction where belief morphs into living faith. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 NASB) The Revelation of Jesus Christ forever seals the Truth, searing with the fire of the Holy Spirit assurance and conviction into the heart and the mind of the one to whom Christ reveals Himself.
“Seekers” need to answer Jesus’ question, “Whom seek ye?” especially for themselves. For some are ever learning and never coming to the knowledge of Him Who is the Truth. The world always has been one big disorganized Theosophical Society. That is nothing new – except that this world wide organization has merely taken up the formalization, teaching, and disseminating of seeking and experimentation with various spiritual techniques in the 20th and 21st centuries. Let the buyer beware.
If you “seek seeking”, then you have what you ask for and can never truly know Him, until He lets you know He’s been seeking you, you hear Him knock, and you open the door to Him! “ Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20). Once that truly happens, what is the point in anymore seeking – except to seek to know Him more and more deeply?
When Jesus makes Himself known, that’s the end of the search, the end to the seeking. “They that seek Me shall find Me who seek Me with all their heart”. In His unmistakeable Light, all other mere reflections – if they can even be called that – grow dim and must bow to Him.
The following remarks by Oswald Chambers hit the nail on the head. He states, ”Once you have truly seen Jesus, you will never be the same. If you see Jesus as He really is, experiences can come and go, yet you will endure ‘as seeing Him who is invisible’ (Hebrews 11:27). Have you seen Jesus? If so, you will want others to see Him too. ‘And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either’ (Mark 16:13). When you see Him, you must tell, even if they don’t believe.” –Oswald Chambers, from My Utmost for His Highest. (For the full version go to http://utmost.org/have-you-seen-jesus/) It is well worth it to meditate on what he says in this link.
Often seekers cannot see and do not seek because they seek after a perception or preconception of Him at best, not Jesus as He truly is.
With John the Baptist we direct the seekers to “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) Beholding means to gaze as with wide open eyes as at something remarkable, and signifies an earnest and continued inspection. That’s something close to what “beholding” Jesus means.
Here’s a humorous video satire on the idea of Jesus Christ being just a figment of the Christian imagination, merely another among the world’s “sun” gods. It is produced by the Lutheran church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0-EgjUhRqA