“I Found Jesus!” “Oh, I didn’t know He was lost.”

Have you found Jesus yet?We have all probably heard the joke, “I found Jesus!”, to which someone replies, “Oh, I didn’t know He was lost”. But maybe there’s more to this little joke than meets the eye. Sometimes people are looking in all the wrong places for the King.

I always found it a bit strange that many churches would have an icon or statue of a man pinned to a cross prominently stuck on the outside of their building, when in reality a big hole may have been more appropriate, representing an empty tomb.

Without the resurrection, the cross is pointless and powerless. Together they are unconquerable, even by death itself!

Looking for JesusSome people seek Jesus in a dusty stable among the mewing cows – but He is not there, only on a Christmas card.

Other pilgrims look for the Carpenter of Galilee on the shores of the lake or the streets of Jerusalem – but He is strangely absent. The streets teem with religious humanity, but Jesus is nowhere to be found.

Then we venture deeper and look to the cross. Where is He that died for my sins? I take a look, but the cross is empty. Well, not really, I am there – He was my substitute, and all that hangs there today are the filthy rags of my sin, not the glory of my Saviour.

I walk on to the tomb. Surely I will glimpse Him there. Only to discover the angel that spoke to Mary still guards that spot. “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” he questions, and sends me on my way.

I run to the very spot where he ascended, only He’s not there either. Another angel this time urging, “What are you standing looking up into the sky for? He will come again in the very same way, but until that moment, get to work, and do what He says!”

“Oh, God!” I cry, “Come visit me, come down and touch me, I cannot find Jesus.”

And in an instant He replies.

“No, no, my son, I’m not coming down. I already did that – you come up. The way is open, a new a living way into my presence, and no thing on earth or in heaven can bar your way.”

And so I do. Simply, by faith.

And there, at the right hand of Majesty on high, sits my Lord and my God, my friend and the Saviour of all – Jesus Christ.

“There You are!” I exclaim in delight and awe.

“Of course I am, where did you expect to find Me?”

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Happy Easter to you! And remember, the invite to come up is open to you as well.

Be blessed and be a blessing.


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Comments

  1. David Hathaway says

    What does Easter bring to me? Easter week and Lent I think must be just about my favourite time of the year, its a time to reflect, to spend time in talking to God, looking for a million answers !! but Good Friday I find is a great time of sadness, a time when the death of Christ really hits home, to be honest even going to Church on Good Friday is a real sad time for me ?? to think Jesus gave up his life for me, for us, and still many people still don’t seem to have learnt anything ??

    Its good to know that in this unforgiving world there are still strong believers – excellent website,, many thanks for all your inspiration

  2. Rena says

    This year I’ve really focused on what happened in the days leading up to and the death, burial and ressurection of Jesus Christ. As I’ve gotten to know Father God in a more intimate way, this season is more real and precious to me. I give thanks to Father God for sending His Son, and for the willingness and obedience of Jesus the Christ in completing His assignment of redeeming mankind back to the Father. Hallelujah what a Saviour. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lord, full of majesty and glory!!! Amen.

  3. says

    I am enjoying your email updates and articles. God bless you in the Name above any name that can be named…in the Name of the LORD JESUS…shalom

  4. Kelly Leslie says

    Hi David. Happy Easter!!! My husband, myself and my little girl have taken part in a Passion play today and it was amazing. Quite a few hands went up when the pastor asked if anyone prayed the prayer of salvation at the end!!!! Praise God!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. David F says

    Nice to Know that Jesus went through all that Passion for me. Beyond that he gave me the Holy Spirit that return me to the place of dominion on earth. Oh! how I love Him. Happy easter Bro Martin

  6. Cheryl says

    Our God has provided everything we need through His Son Jesus Christ. Wow He is Awesome! What we do with our life is our gift back to Jesus

  7. Cindy says

    Great article! Would be awesome to see an empty tomb out front of a church. Unfortunately, someone would probably go and use the empty tomb space for their own personal use, perhaps to live in!

    I’m constantly amazed at how many kinds of jewelry cross’s for sale on the shopping network on cable! They make crosses in every size, shape, color, gem stone, and various metals or plastics.

    Happy Easter!

  8. Mattho Idowu says

    I thank God for His grace
    On you and the ministry for the wonderful inspirational teachings you always post for the spiritual benefit of all. Thanks. Happy Easter at the same time and God bless. Amen

  9. Tracey says

    Every Easter has been different for me, but this Easter has been truely amazing and one I will never forget. This Easter God’s sacrifice hit home like never before. I now know the passion with which God gave Jesus and the love that held our Lord on the cross. I now know the forgiveness in full and know the cleansing power of the cross of Christ. My prayer is that I have the opportunity and the words to share this with as many people as possible.

  10. madhu says

    praise the lord man of god….we are so blessed though my house was under flood waters in Fiji we knew one thing that Jesus is with us in this trying times, he will never leave us nor forsake us………he gave us the strength, we had a blessed Easter, he took all the pain, trouble, infirmities and sorrow n all away from us….Amen, glory to one and only Master the coming King Lord Jesus………

  11. Nathaniel says

    I found Jesus Christ into my life.
    He wasn’t lost but i am the one who was lost at those days, but through His shedding blood i have been untied from any bondage i was in. Blessed be unto our Lord Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father for having such a great love for us.
    I adore Him always because He is my Intercessor and everything i own on this world.Amen

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