What do we do when we can’t find Jesus?
Maybe that’s something we don’t want to admit. But even if you don’t admit it, it’s a feeling that most of us have had. Days of feeling helpless because Jesus is nowhere to be found, and we have no clue what to do about it or where to go.
Here are 4 steps of what to do when we are in such a predicament, following Mary Magdalene’s example.
But, before you read on, please be assured that if Jesus is your Savior and you are His follower you can’t really lose Him. He has promised to always be with you. These steps are for the days we just can’t seem to remember that promise.
But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.
1. Go to the place you’ve been with Jesus – the place you know He is.
For Mary, the tomb represented just that. She knew He was there.
I vividly remember seeing Jesus Christ for the first time. Now looking back to those moments, I know that Jesus had been by my side all along, but at the time it finally clicked. I finally had a glimpse of Jesus and had given my life wholly to Him. I finally understood the desperate need I had for this Savior, the only Savior. After I began my journey with Him, I grew so close to Him, always keeping Him by my side. I didn’t ever want to be far from Him. I needed Him and I knew it. But then hard times came and struggles presented themselves; keeping Him close by wasn’t so easy anymore. There were hard, discouraging days that I thought I had lost Jesus. I knew He was there somewhere, but I couldn’t see Him. In these moments, I could relate to Mary. I didn’t know what else to do or where else to go than to go exactly to the place I knew He was. I knew I could wait for Him, as I wept, on my knees. That’s where we had met last.
When there’s nowhere else to go, go to the place you last met Jesus.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
2. Know that Jesus Christ lives in you. For real. Believe it.
You’re now at the place you know Jesus was, you’re looking for Him again and weeping, then the Spirit (angel) asks, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
Mary responded in honesty. She admitted that she didn’t know where Jesus was. She was transparent. As she wept, she also waited. When we go back to the place we know Jesus was, we must be honest as we wait for Him. We must cry out for Him knowing that He hears us.
Don’t leave or lose hope right when you feel He’s not there – cry out to Him and wait knowing that He has already made His home in you.
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and *said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher).
3. Don’t give up.
Just like Jesus came to Mary, Jesus will meet you. But also like Mary, you may mistake Him for someone else.
As your emotions run high during the hard times, it’s sometimes confusing to know if it’s Jesus we hear or someone else. Mary supposed Jesus to be the gardener. But she continued seeking. She had to know where they had taken Jesus. Even when Jesus is there, and you can’t recognize Him, keep seeking. Jesus called Mary by her name for her to realize who He was.
Let Him call you by your name as you seek His face.
Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.
4. Listen and obey.
This story doesn’t end after Mary finds Jesus. Jesus had more words for her directing her to what she needed to do next. It was Mary’s responsibility to listen and obey. Jesus didn’t tell Mary all the details of life or what exactly was to come, but He did let her in on a few things.
He’s not going to tell you the future. He’ll guide you to your very next, necessary step. Be willing to hear what He has to say to you. Obedience is the very best way to know that we believe.
It’s a tough world out there. It’s not our home, but we are called to serve in it. Sometimes life gets the best of us and we forget our true love or we get caught up in so many other things that we can’t clearly see our Jesus. Don’t lose heart. Go to where you met Him last, trust that He is there, listen for His voice and obey Him. We definitely can’t make it here on our own. We need Him.
So, when you can’t find Jesus, do whatever it takes to get Him back.